Cumberland University


Bert Coble Singers make donation to CU


The renowned Bert Coble Singers have continued a 28-year history of giving by presenting a generous donation to Cumberland University in the amount of $3,100 on Jan. 28.

Derived from the proceeds of the Bert Coble Singers’ popular Christmas Dinner performances, the gift will support Cumberland’s H. Bert Coble Endowed Scholarship for exceptional music students. Jennifer Perry, in her fourth year as director, has continued the spirit of giving back instilled by Dr. Bert and Sue Coble, longtime benefactors of Cumberland.

An accomplished music instructor and director, Dr. Coble built and oversaw Cumberland’s music program as a professor, choir director, and chairman of the music department from 1972-1988. Sue Coble, his wife, is a retired music instructor and teacher as well.

The Bert Coble Singers are perhaps best known for their annual, charitable Christmas Dinner Shows which have generated over $150,000 for the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, and the H. Bert Coble Endowed Scholarship at Cumberland University.  Empower Me and The Wilson County Community Help Center were added to the list of beneficiaries for this year’s show, replacing ACS and AHA.  

“As a community choir, we feel strongly that we want our efforts to support local groups serving people where we live and work,” said Perry.

Pictured (left to right) are: Jason Ligon, Assistant Director; Jennifer Perry, Director; Dr. Paul Stumb, President, Cumberland University; Roger Davis, BCS Leadership Team; Dr. H. Bert Coble (seated); Mrs. Sue Coble; William Richardson, VP of Advancement, Cumberland Univeristy; Mary Alice Carfi, BCS Leadership Team; Barry Sherrill, BCS Leadership Team