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Cumberland Singers Present Concert


Williamsburg, Ky. - On Tuesday, April 16th, the University of the Cumberlands’ (UC), Cumberland Singers, under the direction of Dr. Jeff Smoak, performed their spring concert in the Gatliff Chapel located on the UC campus.

Accompanied by Kay Dawn McFarland, the group began their concert with spiritual songs including, “Forever Sing His Praise”, “Agnus Dei”, “The Lord Lives”, “Don’t Look Back”, and more. Senior and tenor, Chris Brown, sang a solo in the song, “Blessed Assurance.”

After a brief intermission, the group took the stage again, but this time, they had a very different approach. They reappeared dressed in 1950’s costumes to imitate the famous musical, “Grease”. They performed the song, “Greased Lightnin’,” from Grease and ended the concert with, “Your Mama Don’t Dance”. Stacey Edwards Wilhite did the choreography for the show.

“The concert was a really fun time and I have really enjoyed my time in this group,” said, Chris Brown. “I was really nervous in the beginning but now that I look back on it, it was a lot of fun!”

The Cumberland Singers is a Choral group at UC open to any student that is interested in signing. There is no audition for the group and students who register for the class receive general education course credit and a small stipend. The singers meet twice a week as a regular class where the students learn new music through consistent work. The class functions as an academic class as well as a support group for the students involved. At the end of one class per week there is a weekly devotional and prayer requests.

Located in Williamsburg, KY, University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of student; nine pre-professional programs; seven graduate degrees, including a doctorate and six master's degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.