III Century Singers to share holiday cheer


III Century Singers, a 24-member chorus directed by Dr. Carl Ashley, has been rehearsing since September to perform two Christmas concerts during the holiday season.

The performances are at 3 p.m. Dec. 12 at First Baptist Church in Goldsboro and 7 p.m. Dec. 14 at First Baptist Church in Mount Olive.

Admission is free.

All are welcome to attend.

Originally formed as the Bicentennial Singers in 1976, the group wanted to celebrate the nation’s 200th anniversary with songs and quality voices. After a well-received performance, they agreed to continue singing as a group and changed their name to III Century Singers.

The group is a cross section of community members that like to sing a variety of genres including patriotic, folk and theater tunes. Christmas concerts emerged as a “breakout” portion for the group.

III Century Singers is comprised of Alice Adams, Vincent Ambrosio, Marie Ashley, Jane Beaman, Ruth Batchelor, Ann Burns, LaDonna Clary, Donna Countryman, Sarah Edmundston, Thurman Futch, Tommy Gibson, Sharon Jones, Dan Kilgore, Joyce Langston, Barbara Lee, Sandra Merritt, Hope Meyerhoeffer, Lisa Morgan, John Potter, Karen Prosser, Randy Prosser, Pier Protz, Candy Smith, Mary Emma Stevens and George Strunk.

Tom Casey is pianist.

III Century Singers is a nonprofit organization and a program partner of the Arts Council of Wayne County.


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