People and Places, April 28, 2013

  • Posted: Sunday, April 28, 2013 12:01 a.m.
Dale Wagstaff and Tim Leahy recently won speech contests through Toastmasters.
Dale Wagstaff and Tim Leahy recently won speech contests through Toastmasters.

Ginny Weant , daughter of Drew and Wendy Weant, has been accepted to the Classic Lyric Arts 2013 program La Lingua Della Lirica, a program of singing, language culture and performance, based in Novafeltria, Italy.

Twenty students were selected from across the country to participate.


La Lingua Della Lirica (The Language of Opera) is an intensive summer training program for young opera singers.

Beginning with the premise that the music, poetry, and art of the bel canto are as vital and relevant today as they were 200 years ago, the program focuses on developing distinctive lyric diction, persuasive and powerful stage presence and a connection to the traditions of the classical Italian repertosire — the stylistic principles of the bel canto.

Singers experience a direct link to their art by being fully immersed into the daily life of an Italian village, along with an intensive study of the Italian language, the fundamentals of diction and phonetics, musical traditions and styles, acting and movement techniques, as well as weekly excursions connecting the singers to the culture and history of Italy.

With the belief that the beauty of opera and song is intrinsically conssnected to the music of language, the teachers include Italian, French and American artists working in the field of classical vocal studies.

CLA, a non-profit organization, offers training in diction, style, repertoire, stagecraft, and career development, as well as international performing opportunities, building a bridge for the next generation of musicians.

Though born in New York City, Ginny grew up in Salisbury.

She has performed in 16 shows with Piedmont Players, including Alice in Wonderland (Alice), Aladdin (Genie), and Hairspray (Penny).

Weant studied voice with Christina Pier at Catawba College, and followed the late Paul E. Oakley to Kentucky Wesleyan College where she is a Wesleyan Vocal Scholar.

At Kentucky Wesleyan Ginny performed the title role in Antigone in Godspell and as a soloist in tours with the KW Singers throughout the country, including performances in Carnegie Hall.

Weant maintains a 4.0 GPA and has made the Dean’s Lists, She is a member of Alpha Chi Honors Society, Kappa Delta Sorority.

Weant has received the Gus Paris Friendship Award and has placed 3rd in the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) in the 2012 and 2013 South- Central Regional Vocal competitions.

She is a soloist and soprano section leader with First Presbyterian Church in Owensboro, KY and enjoys singing with the Sanctuary Choir in her home church, First Presbyterian Church of Salisbury.

Salisbury Toastmasters sweep the area contest and advance to regionals

The Toastmasters Area 14 International Speech Contest and Table Topics Contest were held at Cannon School in Concord, on April 18, 2013. Four Toastmaster Clubs (Goldmine, Yawn Patrol Zone, People Growing Together, and HostMasters) participated in the contests.

Dale Wagstaff was the first place winner in the International Speech Contest, and Tim Leahy was the first place winner in the Table Topics Contest. Both winners are members of the People Growing Together Toastmasters Club in Salisbury, which meets at the Hurley YMCA every Thursday at 5:30 p.m.

The winners advance to the Division B Contest at Concord Fire Station #9 Community Room, Concord, on May 4, 2013, at 10:15 a.m.

Glenda Teams-Edwards was the Contest Toastmaster, and Al Minter was the Chief Judge. Joyce Preston is the Toastmasters Area 14 Governor.

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