The mission of Cape Fear Chorale is to present, at no charge, professional quality choral music that provides artistic and educational experiences for its performers and an ever-broadening audience. To this end, the group (an incorporated nonprofit 501[c] organization) is totally dependent upon donations.
Currently in its twenty-first year, Cape Fear Chorale is under the direction of Jerry S. Cribbs, founder, Artistic Director and Conductor. All members are volunteers and the group is comprised of 60-75 auditioned singers each semester.
Cape Fear Chorale presents two concerts annually, one in the fall and one in the spring. The repertoire has included major works, sacred music, secular music, patriotic music, humorous music, spirituals, holiday music, motets, madrigals, and light opera. The Chorale has enjoyed hosting two guest conductors: internationally-known choral composer Carl J. Nygard, Jr., and Welborn E. Young, Director of Choral Activities at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and Artistic Director and Conductor of Bel Canto Company, a professional community chorus. During its fifteenth anniversary season, the Chorale premiered a commissioned work, Nygard’s Festival of Praise.
Awards and Recognition
The Chorale is honored and grateful to receive ongoing support from the following organizations:
- Wilmington Woman’s Club, Arts Grant
- Landfall Foundation, Arts Grant
- Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County, Arts Grant
- New Hanover County Community Foundation, Arts Grant
- Proclamation from New Hanover County Commissioners