October 16, 7:30pm
Huff Concert Hall
Methodist University, 5400 Ramsey St.
Come celebrate 30 years since the inception of the Cumberland Choral Arts organization when Alan Porter brought together voices to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Mozart’s death. That group eventually became known as the Cumberland Oratorio Singers and for many years celebrated large works with local and area musicians. Join us as we celebrate this initial effort that has yielded 30 years of choral music in Fayetteville! Other selections from Mozart’s catalog will be performed by our select vocal ensemble, the Cross Creek Chorale; the MU Chorale; and by our affiliated children’s choir, the Campbellton Youth Chorus. The Requiem will feature Monique Butler (Soprano), Brenda Vandervort (Mezzo), Corey Leak (Tenor), and Ramelle Brooks (Bass).
December 5, 3:00pm
“Messiah” by G. F. Handel.
Cedar Falls Baptist Church
6181 Ramsey St.
Kick off your holiday season with this annual Fayetteville tradition attracting hundreds! This “Gift to the Community” is a partnership with the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra and will be conducted by Maestro Stefan Sanders. Featured soloists will be Caroline Vaughn (Soprano), Leigh Montague (Mezzo), Melvin Ezzell (Tenor), and Jeffery Jones (Bass). Typically, we invite anyone who has sung this piece to join us from the audience or attend rehearsals and stand with the choir! The performance is of what is typically known as the “Christmas portion” of the work (Part the First), ending with the famous “Hallelujah Chorus!”
March 25, 2022, 7:30pm
“Front and Center: Women Take the Stage!”
Gray’s Creek High School
5301 Celebration Dr.
Hope Mills, NC
Since Jimmy Carter’s proclamation of “Women’s History Week” on March 8th, 1980, Presidents since 1995 have issued a series of annual proclamations designating the month of March as “Women’s History Month.” Help us celebrate and recognize the achievements of women everywhere! Our concert includes the music and poetry of Undine Moore, Alice Parker, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Sara Teasdale, and Gwyneth Walker, and women’s barbershop harmony!
May 20, 2022, 7:30pm
“Around the World in 80 Minutes!”
Highland Presbyterian Church
111 Highland Ave.
Jules Verne did it in 80 days; we can do that and you’ll never leave your seat! Fayetteville, especially with our military population, has become a community of people from all over the world. For our final concert, we will pay tribute to music from across the planet with the hope of recognizing our very small world. Enjoy an evening featuring music from Korea, Russia, the Slovak Republic, Scotland, Africa, Jamaica, and back to America again, just to name a few! We will also feature Dr. Keith Dippre, performing the music of Astor Piazzolla!
“Voices of a Community”
They come from all walks of life, and all with a love of song. “No more than one-fourth of the members are professional musicians,” Alan Porter once said of the chorus he founded in 1992, after the bicentennial of 17th century classical composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s death. “I put together a choir that consisted of my college choral group plus a large number of townspeople. We did the Mozart Requiem. When it was over, the singers didn’t want to break up. They said, ‘Why can’t we keep it going?’” Today, after a quarter of a century, the voices of the Cumberland Oratorio Singers, under the direction of Dr. Michael Martin, continue to perform from Huff Concert Hall at Methodist University to Seabrook Auditorium at Fayetteville State University, and continue to work with music partners to include the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra. “It has been an honor to serve and represent our great community through our gifts of music and friendship,” Martin said. “Conducting this organization has been a highlight of my conducting career.” Enshrined as the 28th inductee by the Community Concerts Board of Directors at The Crown Theatre. March 18, 2017
MARY POTTER, Alto
Mary is the only member of Cumberland Choral Arts who performed Mozart’s Requiem in 1991 with Alan Porter’s group that became the Cumberland Oratorio Singers and later Cumberland Choral Arts, and she has been singing with the group for all 30 years! Of the many pieces the group has performed, Mary said the Holocaust Cantata was her favorite.
Mary is a retired teacher who continues to sub at several different schools. She is a member of the St. Patrick Catholic Church Choir and was a member of the Cantate Chamber Choir, directed by Stephan Barnicle.
Always staying busy, Mary enjoys yoga, water aerobics, bike riding, and horseback riding. She loves to travel, do puzzles, and listen to music of all types. But Mary’s very favorite thing to do is play with her grandchildren!
Mary has served in leadership positions on the COS/CCA Board of Directors for eight years, with two of those as President. Thank you, Mary, for your singing voice and your dedication to COS/CCA for these 30 years!
Cumberland Choral Arts (CCA), founded in 1991 in Fayetteville, North Carolina, as the Cumberland Oratorio Singers, is a mixed-voice community choir committed to bringing the finest choral music to the Fayetteville and greater Sandhills area and has performed many of the great classical works, as well as favorites from stage and screen, jazz, and opera. Our passion to bring world-class choral music to the community was rewarded in 2017 when we were inducted into the Fayetteville Music Hall of Fame along with our founder, Mr. Alan Porter.
The Cross Creek Chorale (CCC), a smaller select-voice ensemble, expands the repertoire of the group for concerts and community appearances. The addition of the Campbellton Youth Chorus (CYC), comprised of 4th – 8th grade students from throughout Cumberland County, provides opportunities for tomorrow’s singers to experience and perform world-class choral music.
Inspired by the joy of singing and hearing choral music, Cumberland Choral Arts strives to be a premiere symphonic chorus through the outstanding performance of choral masterworks. With a commitment to excellence and education for 30 years, we work collaboratively with all singers to foster a vibrant, diverse, and interactive choral community, educate our singers and audiences, and extend our reach to the youth of Cumberland County and the Sandhills region.