Anthony Dean Griffey to perform at Wingate University gala

Anthony Dean Griffey poses with Dr. Judy Hutton, his former piano teacher and Wingate professor
Contact: Kim Williams
Communications Writer 704-233-8320

Wingate, NC – Four-time Grammy Award winning tenor Anthony Dean Griffey will perform at a music gala hosted by Wingate University. The invitation-only gala will be held at the Duke Mansion in Charlotte on Sept. 27. Griffey has performed in numerous international opera houses including The Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Glyndebourne, the Opera National de Paris and Teatro Comunale Di Firenze. He received his bachelor’s degree from Wingate University in 1990 before earning degrees from the Eastman School of Music and the Juilliard School.

“The gala, which includes dinner and a concert, will introduce the community to the University’s impressive music programs,” said Jessie Wright Martin, associate professor of voice and director of opera. “In addition to Griffey’s performance, we want the Charlotte area to have the opportunity to hear the voices and music of our talented students and faculty to showcase instrumental, choral and opera programs offered at the University.”

Space is limited, but those interested are encouraged to contact Hannah Dickerson at 704-233-8291 or to check on seat availability. Visit www.wingateuniversity/ for more information.

Wingate University
Wingate University, ranked as the 6th "best value" in the South by U.S. News & World Report, serves nearly 2,700 students on three campuses in Wingate, Matthews and Hendersonville, N.C. Founded in 1896, the University offers 34 undergraduate majors, 37 minors and career concentrations, numerous pre-professional programs, graduate degrees in business, accounting, education, physician assistant studies and sport administration, and doctorates in pharmacy and education. With a 14 to 1 student/teacher ratio, Wingate students gain the tools and support needed to excel in academics and apply that learning toward an extraordinary career and life.

In addition to a robust intramural athletics program, Wingate student athletes compete in 19 NCAA Division II sports. The University has won the South Atlantic Conference Echols Athletic Excellence Award for the past six years. For more information, go to