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Wilmington, NC chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society

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The Cape Fear Chordsmen have Moved!

As of January 1, 2018 CFC has moved our base of operations to Temple Baptist Church, 1801 Market Street, Wilmington, NC.  After 10 years at Winter Park Baptist Church, the decision was made to move our rehearsals & meetings to Temple.  The Chordsmen are thankful for how gracious Winter Park has been over the years but felt it was time to make a change.  Our Board of Directors will meet at Temple as well as our weekly rehearsals.  Should you need directions or have questions, please call our Hotline @ 910-541-1256.  


New Director

Effective January 1, 2018, the Cape Fear Chordsmen have selected R. Manley (Bob) Lucas as our next director.  He succeeds Don Smith who has led the chorus for the past 5 years and felt it was time for a change.  Don will remain with the chorus singing baritone, lead or tenor where he is needed.  He has claimed that he could never be a bass and do what they do.  Bob Lucas, in taking over the baton from Don, has said that this chorus feels like home to him, and did from the minute he walked in nine years ago.  Bob has been an excellent “lead” singer since joining in 2009, serving as section leader for the past couple years as well as youth outreach leader on the board.  We welcome him and wish him every success as our director.  Check out his bio on the Director Page by clicking Here.

Barbershopper of the Year 2017 named January 16,2018.

Due to the cold snowy weather in NC the past couple weeks, our Installation Banquet scheduled for January 5th was postponed.  Also due to our busy schedule in January, the Board decided to cancel the annual function in favor of a mini banquet at our rehearsal on January 16th at Our new home in Temple Baptist Church.  After the chapter officers were installed by Tom Martyn, current President of the Carolina District and member of the Cape Fear Chordsmen, a couple presentations were made before all were treated to drinks & snacks.

The first award was presented by Jim Boyd, Immediate past Chapter President.  He honored  Don Smith with a plaque thanking him for his service as director.  That presentation was followed by the Barbershopper of the Year award.  Doug Wick, the 2016 awardee, named Don Smith as the 2017 Cape Fear Chordsmen Barbershopper of the Year .  Following a standing ovation Don spoke of his humble surprise and thanks to the chapter.


District Convention – March 22-24

The chorus is very busy preparing two numbers for judging at convention in Charlotte for the Carolina District  spring convention.  Several members have committed to represent our chapter during the judging portion of the festivities.  There are 13 district chapters preparing stage ready songs that will be judged using very strict professional guidelines sanctioned by the Barbershop Harmony Society.  The reason to participate in this important function is to determine how proficient our chorus is in not only music presentation but also stage presence as well as a host of other measurements during our two songs.  This critical analysis gives the Board of Directors, the Music Committee, and the chapter members an opportunity to look at where we are compared to other chapters in our professional offerings to our patrons and hopefully can assist in setting goals to better our performances as a group and as individuals. Other events offered during the convention include Quartet competition and the Youth In Harmony Competition.  Thursday is reserved for Platoon which is a randomly drawn quartet who have learned 5 predetermined songs and the individual men will sing with men they may not even know.  Many who go to Platoon say it is the best part of the convention.

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Holiday Show

Men of all ages who love to sing are invited to be a part of the annual Cape Fear Holiday men’s Chorus, a community-wide

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Annual Shows

  Each year our chorus prepares an interactive concert of Barbershop music geared to an ever changing theme. Our men work each week

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Singing Valentines

Surprise that special someone with a unique Valentine’s gift. Let the Cape Fear Chordsmen carry your romantic message every February 14th!

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    14 February 2018

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