Laura Ritter

The Walters State Community College website transformed into a concert venue for “Laura and Friends: The Virtual Concert for Walters State Music” Sunday night.       

Laura Ritter, assistant dean of humanities, was inspired to organize the concert after watching many Broadway stars give concerts online during April, when much of the world was quarantined.

“We have so many great entertainers here and so many have been part of the music program at Walters State. This is a great opportunity to spotlight many of those. Singers have participated from many different locations. Now, we hope everyone will watch online and enjoy the music,” Ritter said.

The concert is a fundraiser to endow a scholarship in honor of Ritter’s mother, the Peggy Lingerfelt Memorial Scholarship Endowment. Lingerfelt was a longtime adjunct faculty member at Walters State. The scholarship will benefit music students.

The concert cannot be defined by genre. Ritter gives country music a try for the first time. The college’s bluegrass band, High Lonesome Senate, is on the bill. Many students and alumni are featured performing musical theater and pop standards.

Lacey Capps, who lit up with the Walters State stage in 2001-2003, gives a very touching performance. The Rogersville native now lives in Washington D.C.

Alumnus Luke Hefner also gives a memorable performance. Hefner is originally from Newport. His resume is rich with music and theatre. Before the pandemic hit, he was an entertainer on Princess Cruise Lines.   

Donations may be made by visiting www.ws.edu/foundation. Look for the “Laura and Friends” link.