West Liberty Graduates To Sing at Benefit Concert

Three West Liberty University graduates who have been selected to perform at the national level are holding a benefit recital to help them in defraying costs. The recital will be held at Vance Memorial Presbyterian Church, 905 National Road, Wheeling, at 7 p.m. Sunday, June 29.

The selected vocalists are Timmi Williams, Cassandra Hackbart and Alan Cline. They were chosen to appear from an international group of applicants. In July, they will travel to Boston to perform at the National Association of Teachers of Singing conference.

Williams is an operatic mezzo-soprano who will sing for Laura Brooks Rice. Brooks teaches at Westminster College of Arts at Rider University. She is known nationally as a mezzo and a master teacher.

Hackbart was selected to participate in a master class with Andrew Lippa. Lippa is Broadway composer, most recently of “Big Fish” and “The Addams Family.”

Cline is a baritone who will sing for noted singer Thomas Hampson.

Their sampler recital will feature songs from opera and musical theater. A free-will offering will be collected to help defray the costs of the trip to Boston (lodging, conference fees and transportation).