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Participating in the Cumberland County Community Chorus scholarship presentation are, from left, Board President Ann Cox; Hunter Kief; Stone Memorial High School Choir Director Blake Saldana; Community Chorus Director Marty Gibson; Marlena Minneci and Robert Zecher.

The Cumberland County Community Chorus performed their final spring concerts at Grace Community Church, Fairfield Glade United Methodist Church and Crossville First United Methodist Church recently.  At the last performance, the Community Chorus was joined by choirs from Cumberland County High School and Stone Memorial High School (directed by Lindsey Akin and Blake Saldana, respectively) and Brown Elementary School’s Select Singers (directed by Rebecca Purdue).

During this performance, the Cumberland County Community Chorus scholarship recipients were announced. This year, there were three—Hunter Kief, Marlena Minneci and Robert Zecher, all Stone Memorial High School seniors. These talented winners then sang to a delighted audience.

In the fall, Hunter will be attending Emory University and Robert will be attending the University of Alabama, both minoring in vocal music. Marlena will attend Middle Tennessee State University with a minor in music performance with a voice concentration.

In 2012, the Community Chorus established a Scholarship Award Program for local high school seniors to pursue a college degree in the field of music: vocal, performance or education. To be considered, applicants must live in Cumberland County, be full-time students in good academic standing at CCHS, SMHS or home-schooled, an active member of a music program such as band, chorus, orchestra, music performance, and accepted to an accredited college or university, with a major or minor in a field of music.

The funding for this scholarship project is made possible through contributions and donations. For more information on becoming a donor or a sponsor, visit the Cumberland County Community Chorus website at The chorus is a 501(c)(3) organization. Their mission is to inspire excellence in choral music through education, performance, composition and advocacy.

The Cumberland County Community Chorus will perform next at the Fourth of July/Veterans Benefit concert on Wednesday, July 3, at 6:30 p.m. at the Art Circle Public Library’s Amphitheater. Stay updated with the chorus’s performance schedule on their website and like them on Facebook.

The chorus performs a wide variety of music such as spiritual, patriotic, pop, Broadway and motion picture medleys during winter and spring concerts in Crossville and Fairfield Glade. 

Anyone interested in singing with this group can contact Director, Marty Gibson, at to arrange an audition.

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