Coble continues to leave mark on Cumberland University

Staff Reports • Dec 17, 2015 at 6:25 PM

For the last 26 years a group of dedicated, volunteer musicians has come together in September to prepare for 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 worthy causes at the same time.  

Over the years, thousands of dollars were raised for the various organizations the singers support, including the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association and the Bert Coble Music Scholarship at Cumberland University, a fund established by students to honor Coble’s contributions to Cumberland’s music program. 

The scholarship supports music students that demonstrate exceptional performance skills and strong citizenship.

Though 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, the group’s longtime associate director. Perry directed the group as it took on its 2012 and 2013 Christmas dinners.

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

To learn how to give to Cumberland University, call 615-547-1239 or visit cumberland.edu/giving.

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