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Heafner-Williams Vocal Competition Is March 16-17
Annual event is your chance to catch rising stars
Robert Williams and Carolyn Heafner
Robert Williams and Carolyn Heafner

Thomas Lark
Staff Writer

LINCOLNTON, N.C.––Get ready for some matchless music and sensational singing.

It’s time once again for the annual Heafner-Williams Vocal Competition, named for Lincoln County’s own opera stars, Carolyn Heafner and Robert Williams. The husband-and-wife team has performed in operas all over the world, and for years, they’ve been making dreams come true for up-and-coming singers of classical music.

As Heafner noted this week, the date has been extended to tomorrow (Friday, Feb. 22) for competitors to submit their audio samples and throw their hats into the vocal ring. Heafner added that she was in the process of getting everything juried as it came in. More will be known soon.

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“We will know how many singers we will have and a bit more about how things will present themselves,” she added.

The competition––the 17th such annually––is free to attend and open to the public. It will be held in uptown Lincolnton’s Lincoln Cultural Center, March 16 and 17, respectively for the semi-finals and finals, with the latter scheduled for that Sunday at 3 p.m., with a reception to follow, as Heafner informed.

“The semi-finals cannot have a time until we know exactly how many we have who make the cut,” she explained. “Twice in 16 years, the judges have requested that we have seven singers in the finals, which we did do. I can already tell you that we have some really wonderful voices and interesting participants.”

Among them, said Heafner, are competitors from as far abroad as Nigeria, Swaziland and elsewhere.

To learn more, call (704) 732-9055 or check out the Website at

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