Cumberland University


Dr. Bert Coble continues to leave his mark on CU


For the last 26 years a group of very dedicated, volunteer, musicians have come together in September to begin preparing a special Christmas musical performance. The Bert Coble Singers Christmas program has become a tradition for the community to come together and enjoy beautiful songs of the season, as well as support some very worthy causes, at the same time. 

Over the years, thousands of dollars have been raised for the various organizations the singers support including The American Cancer Society, The American Heart Association, and the Bert Coble Music Scholarship at Cumberland University, a fund established by students to honor Dr. Coble’s contributions to Cumberland’s music program. The scholarship supports music students that demonstrate exceptional performance skills and strong citizenship.

Jennifer Perry (’83), Director; Sue Coble; Dr. H. Bert Coble, Founder and former Director; Dr. Harvill Eaton, President of Cumberland University.

Though Dr. Coble stepped down from directing the choir after the 2011 Christmas Dinner, the Singers continue to represent his tradition under the new leadership of Jennifer Perry (’83), the group’s longtime associate director. Perry directed the group as they mounted their 2012 and 2013 Christmas dinners.

The gift is but the latest of many donations in Dr. and Mrs. Coble’s history of generosity toward Cumberland. As a prominent donor, Dr. Coble hopes that his gifts will not only support the university, but also inspire others to give as well.

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