Milestones in Cape Fear Chorale History

  • Cape Fear Chorale, under the direction of Jerry S. Cribbs and accompanied by Judy Siebold, held its first concertA Concert of Choral Music at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, Wilmington, NC on November 13, 1998.
  • The Chorale presented An Afternoon with Carl J. Nygard, Jr. and His Music on November 18, 2007Mr. Nygard was the guest conductor for this performance.
  • CFC was invited to sing with the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Dr. Steven Errante, for its Holiday Concert on December 4, 2005.
  • In fall 2006, Cape Fear Chorale held its first auditions for entrance into the group. Members had previously been accepted by the director based on a self-evaluation form.
  • The Chorale was pleased to perform again with the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra performing selections from Handel’s Messiah on Saturday, December 6 and Sunday, December 7, 2008. Dr. Steven Errante conducted.
  • As of June 30, 2009, CFC became an incorporated non-profit community chorus. The first functioning Board of Directors was also established. Serving in this capacity were Rob Williams, President; Margaret Hutchins, Executive Vice President and Concert Manager; R’Lou Ellson, Second Vice-President and Publicity Chair; Lucinda Houck, Secretary; and Charles Sanders, Treasurer.
  • Cape Fear Chorale has been privileged to perform at various venues in the area, including St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, Scottish Rite Temple, Minnie Evans Arts Center, Winter Park Baptist Church, Kenan Auditorium at UNCW, Roland-Grise Middle School, Grace United Methodist Church, and the Wilson Center at Cape Fear Community College.
  • CFC’s 15th Anniversary Celebration concert was presented at Kenan Auditorium on the UNCW campus on November 24, 2013. This concert included several seasonal selections, along with selections from Handel’s Messiahand CFC’s first Messiah audience sing-along. Also included in this concert was the premiere performance of Festival of Praise composed by Carl J. Nygard, Jr. This was commissioned by Cape Fear Chorale especially for the 15th anniversary concert.
  • In 2013, Cape Fear Chorale received an arts grant of $1000.00 from the Wilmington Women’s Club. An additional grant was received from New Hanover City Community Foundation to help fund advertising and printing.
  • On September 20, 2015, Cape Fear Chorale participated as one of three invited performing groups in the Sound and Space Tour, the Acoustic Test Drive of the Performance Hall for the newly completed Wilson Humanities and Fine Arts Center in Wilmington.
  • And in 2015, CFC received a $4000.00 Grassroots Arts Grant from the Arts Council of Wilmington & New Hanover County.
  • On April 17, 2015, the Chorale performed Mozart’s Requiem at the Wilson Humanities and Fine Arts Center directed by Dr. Welborn Young, guest conductor. Dr. Young is the Director of Choral Activities and Associate Professor of Music at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and Artistic Director and Conductor of the professional chorus Bel Canto.
  • In fall 2016, the Landfall Foundation graciously donated a $5000.00 grant toward the purchase of seated platforms for concert use by CFC.
  • Judy Siebold retired as accompanist in 2016, and Libby Oldham was employed as CFC’s accompanist.
  • Cape Fear Chorale presented its second community Walk-In Sing-Along Messiah concert at Kenan Auditorium on Sunday, November 19, 2017.
  • The Chorale presented selections from the music of Karl Jenkins for their 20th Anniversary Celebration concert at Kenan Auditorium on November 18, 2018. The program included Jenkins’ Te Deum, Adiemus, and Gloria.
  • On April 19, 2020, Cape Fear Chorale had planned to perform Haydn’s Mass in D minor with a guest performance by the Laney High School Choral Ensemble. In Memoriam was scheduled for the fall concert on November 22; it included the Faure Requiem and portions of the Bernstein Mass. Unfortunately, with the onset of COVID-19 in 2020, CFC’s spring and fall concerts were cancelled.