posted February 27, 2007

Hope Students Named Opera Finalists

Two Hope College students have been named finalists in the Opera Grand Rapids Collegiate Competition.

Junior Meghan Moore of South, Bend, Ind., and senior Elizabeth Skaff of Flint were both selected during the competition's preliminary round, held on Friday, Feb. 23, at Grand Rapids Community College. They are two of eight finalists chosen from among 24 contestants from Hope; Aquinas College; Calvin College; Grand Rapids Community College; and Grand Valley State University.

Both Moore and Skaff study with Linda LeFever Dykstra, who is an associate professor of music and chair of the voice division at Hope.

Moore, Skaff and the other finalists will compete for a $250 first prize in the final round scheduled for Sunday, March 25, at 7 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, located at 1100 Lake Drive, S.E., in Grand Rapids. The public is invited to attend the event.