Celebrating the first concert of its twenty-fifth year, Cape Fear Chorale is under the direction of Aaron Peisner, Artistic Director and Conductor. All members are volunteers, and the group is comprised of 60-80 auditioned singers each semester.
Cape Fear Chorale presents two concerts annually, along with a fundraiser in the spring. Its repertoire has included major works, sacred music, patriotic music, humorous music, spirituals, holiday music, notes, 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. Over the past years, Cape Fear Chorale has also premiered a commissioned work, Nygard’s Festival of Praise, and has performed along with the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra. Because of its outreach to hundreds of singers and thousands of listeners in the Cape Fear Community, the Chorale has been recognized by the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners for “its past and future service to New Hanover County and its citizens.”
Cape Fear Chorale believes in the transformative power of music. We celebrate the expressive capacity of the human voice and the ability choral music has to heal, unite, and inspire our community. We are committed to building our community through exceptional choral artistry and by creating meaningful, educational, and inclusive musical experiences. As an incorporated non-profit 501 [c] (3) organization, Chorale is totally dependent upon donations and advertising.
Awards and Recognition
The Chorale is honored and grateful to have received 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
- American Rescue Plan Act