History of the Bert Coble Singers
For over three decades 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.
The Bert Coble Singers have made contributions to Cumberland University, non-profit organizations, and local charities for many years. Derived from the proceeds of the Bert Coble Singers’ popular Christmas Dinner performances, these gifts help to provide assistance to local community programs and organizations, as well as benefiting Cumberland’s H. Bert Coble Endowed Scholarship, which supports exceptional music students.
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. A music instructor and teacher in her own right, his wife, Sue Coble supported him in that endeavor.
The Bert Coble Singers formed after Dr. Coble retired from Cumberland University, the same year they hosted their first Christmas show. Ms. Jennifer Perry, the current Choir Director, began her tenure as Director in 2012 and has continued the spirit of giving back. Her work reflects a tradition of giving by Dr. and Mrs. Coble, longtime benefactors of Cumberland.
This year, the Bert Coble Singers will be raising funds for the Bert Coble Music Scholarship, Empower Me Center, and the Wilson County Community Help Center. In the past, the annual, charitable Christmas Dinners have generated over $150,000 for organizations such as the American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society, as well as forming the Bert Coble Scholarship some years after the group was established.