The 12th Annual Heafner/Williams Vocal Competition will showcase North Carolina singing talent this weekend in Lincoln County.
At least 19 competitors from across the state will participate in the event, considered one of the most competitive and prestigious vocal contests in the area.
Competitors range in age this year from 20 to 36.
Seasoned musicians Robert Williams and Carolyn Heafner, both of international acclaim, established the competition for amateur artists and expert talent.
Contestants are required to sing a song from three of five categories the competition offers.
Opera, operetta, musical theater, classical song and oratorio comprise the categories.
Participants will be narrowed down from 19 to six following a semi-final round on Saturday. A finals round will take place on Sunday.
Judges this year will include N.C. Opera member and two-time Yale School of Music Alumni Award winner Andrea Edith Moore, along with trained conductor, clinician and current Director of Choral Activities at Davidson College, Christopher Gilliam, who also serves as interim director for worship and the arts at St. John’s Baptist Church in Charlotte.
The third and final judge will be Dan Pardue, choir director at First Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church (ARP) in Statesville and former vocal instructor and choral director at Mitchell Community College. Pardue also formerly taught music at the University of Alabama and Mars Hill College, according to heafnerwilliamsvocalcompetition.com.
The free vocal competition will take place 12:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Lincoln Cultural Center in Lincolnton.
An awards ceremony and reception will follow Sunday’s finals round.
For more information, call (704) 732-9055(704) 732-9055 or visit heafnerwilliamsvocalcompetition.com.