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Meet the Directors

Jason Britt DirectorMr. Jason Britt, is a product of music instruction in the Cumberland County Schools. He started his musical career with the strings program at Eastover Elementary School playing cello. During junior high, he studied cello with Susan Ellington, chorus with Susan Williams, and trombone with Jim Crayton at Armstrong Junior High. He was a member of the Cumberland County Youth Orchestra in his seventh and eighth grade years, under the direction of the late Ken Ellington, where he was first chair cello. During high school, Mr. Britt played in bands directed by Jim Crayton and sang in choirs directed by Betty Neill Parsons. After high school, Mr. Britt attended the University of North Carolina at Wilmington to pursue a degree in chemistry. His love of music called him to transfer to Methodist College to pursue a degree in music. In 1993, Mr. Britt received a Bachelor of Music degree with a concentration in Music Education from Methodist College and in 2013, received his Masters of Music Education degree from East Carolina University.

After college, Mr. Britt began a career with Cumberland County Schools. In twenty-three years of teaching, he has taught General Music, Band, Chorus, and Advanced Placement Music Theory. He currently is the choral director at Cape Fear High School where he has been for the last seventeen years. For twenty years until his retirement in January 2015, Mr. Britt was the Director of Music at First Baptist Church in Fayetteville where he directed adult, youth, preschool, and hand bell choirs. Mr. Britt is a requested adjudicator and clinician and has adjudicated choirs throughout North Carolina. Mr. Britt is married to his wife, Holli (27 years), a Teller Supervisor with Branch Banking & Trust and has one daughter, Jessica, who is a graduate of the Campbell University School of Pharmacy. 

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Donna JoThe Campbellton Youth Chorus Artistic Director, Donna Jo Mangus, is a native of Cumberland County. Presently, she is the choral director at Max Abbott Middle School and has 27 years
of experience teaching public school chorus and general music at all levels. She holds
a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Campbell University and 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, sings with the Cumberland Oratorio Singers and the Cross Creek Chorale under the direction of Mr. Jason Britt, and also performs with the Coventry Carolers. She is married to Bret Mangus and they have two children, Jackson and Jenna Jo.

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