HISTORY

CARITAS A CAPPELLA ENSEMBLE was formed in 2015, under the leadership of Artistic Director Cathy Youngblood. The group has inspired and delighted its Charlotte-area audiences with its challenging musical selections, its polished performances, and its vision to make an impact in the community.  In 201 7 Caritas A Cappella Ensemble was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization . 

MISSION

The mission of Caritas, 'a cappella artistry with a purpose', is lived out through our efforts to stimulate, develop, and promote the appreciation of acappella singing through public concerts, and through our donation of a portion of the proceeds from ticket sales to charitable organizations.

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Cathy Youngblood, Artistic Director and Conductor, is a graduate of California Lutheran University where she obtained both a B.A. in Organ Performance (summa cum laude) and a M.A. in Music Education, the recipient of various awards and honors. Her love for choral music began in an early music a cappella ensemble called Ars Nova, in Guatemala, where she lived for 17 years. She served as Assistant Director of the touring CLU Concert Choir, Director of the Madrigal Singers, and Teaching Assistant in Advanced Music Theory. Cathy is founding director of the Choral Society of Guatemala, performing Mendelssohn’s “Elijah” with the Guatemalan Symphony Orchestra, under her baton. While in Guatemala, she was also the first director of a cappella ensemble Capella Cantorum. She has taught Advanced Music Theory and piano at Central Piedmont Community College, and composes choral music.  Cathy has developed various church music programs and she and her husband make their home in Charlotte.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Eric Johnson - President
Joy Eakley - Secretary & Social Media
Erik Johnson - Treasurer
Sharon Griffith- Communications
Perry Mixter- Fundraising & Grants                                                                                                                                                        

Singers

Sopranos
  • Mary Eppley
  • Nonye Obichere
  • Sarah Allred
  • Kayleigh Knight
  • Jessica Andrews
  • Anna Bulfin
Altos
  • Joy Eakley
  • Amy Henion
  • Megan Jones
  • Cecilia Matthews
  • Ariel Duke
  • Sara Terrell
Tenors
  • Adrian Fullerwinder
  • Carl Edgren
  • Rodney Duke
  • Jacob Plaisted
  • Perry Mixter
  • Kevin Proffit
Basses
  • Erik Johnson
  • Sam Bomar
  • Michael Horai
  • Will Vowell
  • Keane Matthews
  • Scott Verner
 

Caritas A Cappella Ensemble
P.O. Box 470908
Charlotte, NC  28247