WMSHC 2016 Election Candidate Statements

Board Candidates

Two candidates will be elected for a two-year term. The Board of Directors is responsible for the overall governance of WMSHC in accordance with our bylaws.

Molly Merrett (incumbent)

I am honored to accept the nomination for a Board Member position for the Western Mass Sacred Harp Community.  Sacred Harp Singing has been an important part of my life here is Western Mass for the past 13 years.  I am currently serving as the Clerk of the Board.  I look forward to continuing to serve our community in this capacity.

Tristan Gordon

Greetings! I am a locally grown Western Mass shapenote singer and a fast devotee to singing in hollow squares here in the Valley and beyond. I would be pleased to join my love of singing and well-facilitated meetings to support our community's effort to create open and friendly spaces for people to come together and sing.


Convention Officer Candidates

Rebecca Wright - Candidate for Convention Chair

Though I moved to Western Massachusetts only last year, Sacred Harp singing has been an important part of my life for over 8 years. I have chaired all-day singings and conventions, and I served as convener of the Keystone Convention nominating committee for 4 years when I lived in Philadelphia. I currently serve on the WMSHC Board of Directors. I would be honored to serve as the Chair for WMSHC's convention in 2017.

Gerald Clark - Candidate for Convention Vice-Chair

Sacred Harp music has consumed 90% of my waking thoughts in recent years. That percentage increases daily. I have previously chaired the Shenandoah Harmony all-day singing, and I'm always looking forward to opportunities that may involve furthering this music and serving the community.

Hannah Coyle - Candidate for Convention Vice-Chair

I've been involved with different styles of music since I was very young.  I've been involved with singing shape note music for about 20 years.  I would welcome this opportunity to help inspire the community-at-large to sing this beautiful music.

Stina Soderling - Candidate for Convention Secretary

Having started singing regularly at Helen Hills Hills two and a half years ago, I am happy to be back singing with WMSHC after a year in New York City, where I was a regular at the weekly singings. I first encountered Sacred Harp music a decade ago: walking in downtown Northampton, I heard the sounds emanating from the 2006 convention, and knew I had to go inside. I would be honored to serve as secretary of the event that introduced me to this music and community, and would bring to the position extensive event-organizing experience, albeit of the non-musical kind.