Our Artistic Directors

Cumberland Choral Arts are under the leadership of two talented people with extensive experience in music. Mr. Jason Britt took over as artistic director of our group in 2017. Meanwhile, Mrs. Donna Jo Magus began leading the youth chorus in 2016.

Jason Britt

Mr. Britt began to take an interest in music at a young age. He started playing the cello under the strings program at Eastover Elementary School. While at Armstrong Junior High, he studied cello with Susan Ellington, chorus with Susan Williams, and trombone with Jim Crayton.

He was a member of the Cumberland Country Youth Orchestra during seventh and eighth grades, under the direction of the late Ken Ellington. It was during this time that he became a first chair cellist.

While in high school, Mr. Britt played in bands directed by Jim Crayton and sang in choirs directed by Betty Neil Parsons. After graduation, he attended the University of North Carolina at Wilmington to pursue a degree in chemistry. However, his love for music made him transfer to Methodist College.

In 1993, Mr. Britt graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree with a concentration in Music Education. He received his Masters of Music Education degree from East Carolina University in 2013.

After graduation, Mr. Britt began his career with Cumberland County Schools. For more than 23 years, he has taught General Music, Band, Chorus, and Advanced Placement Music Theory.

Today, Mr. Britt serves as the choral director at Cape Fear High School where he has been for the last 17 years. Prior to that, he was the director of music at First Baptist Church in Fayetteville, NC where he directed adult, youth, preschool, and handbell choirs.

Mr. Britt is a requested adjudicator and clinician. He has adjudicated choirs throughout North Carolina.

Mr. Britt has been married for 27 years to Holli, a teller supervisor at Branch Banking and Trust. Their daughter, Jessica, is a graduate of the Campbell University School of Pharmacy.

Donna Jo Mangus

Cumberland Choral Arts sensed the need for more musical programs geared toward young people. In 2016, we established the Campbellton Youth Chorus under Donna Ho Mangus’ leadership.

Mrs. Mangus is a native of Cumberland County. She is the choral director at Max Abbott Middle School. Her 27 years of experience in teaching public school chorus and general music for all levels has sharpened her skills in managing a choir.

Mrs. Mangus has a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education degree from Campbell University. In addition, she has a National Board Certification in Early and Middle Childhood Music with a concentration in vocal music.

Mrs. Mangus serves as choir director at Bluff Presbyterian Church. Mrs. Mangus is married to Bret Mangus. They have two lovely children, Jackson
and Jenna Jo.

2019 - 2020 Board of Directors

Kathy Thaman, President
Brenda Vandervort, Secretary
Warren Ray, Treasurer

Cecilia Suhre, Grants Co-Coordinator
Pat Talkington, Marketing Chair
Lois Harvey, Correspondence Secretary

Sandy Cage
Jennifer Jefferson
Heather Barry-McCroan