Soprano Rebecca Postma to perform

April 28, 2016   ·   0 Comments

Rebecca Postma’s vocal training growing up in Dufferin, starting with lessons with Pamela Claridge of Orangeville, and later with tenors Mark Dubois and Brandon Leis, as well as music teachers Heidi Vanderwall and Andrea Parsons at Centre Dufferin District High School (CDDHS).

Now, the classical and operatic mezzo-soprano is graduating with her Bachelor of Honours Music in voice performance from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo and is set to perform her first professional concert this Friday, April 29, in Beeton.

Rebecca attended Primrose Elementary, as well as CDDHS, and received Dufferin Arts Council scholarships for all four years of her undergraduate study, as well as a second scholarship from the Ontario Music Educators Association.

With “a strong musical thread” on both sides of her family, Rebecca was raised in Mulmur with her parents Alison and Jim Postma (who died in 2012,) and brother Christopher. Those who were lucky enough to catch her performance at the DAC Evening of Entertainment at Grace Tipling Hall two years ago will testify to the beauty of her voice.

Alison Postma says Rebecca “began singing at a very young age, and started pursuing a career in voice performance after studying with Canadian tenor Mark Dubois.” She participated in many concerts with the Mark Dubois Studio Singers, including performances at Theatre Orangeville’s Victorian Christmas and in venues such as Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto.

Rebecca continues to enjoy participating in charitable performances with both Mark Dubois, and community leader George Scott including many fundraising concerts such as Theatre Orangeville’s Victorian Christmas. Performances for organizations such Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Relay for Life and Multiple Sclerosis, twice earned her the Keith Knights Memorial Scholarship through Wilfred Laurier University; an award recognizing a music student who has contributed to their community.

Rebecca says she has been “a participant in the Opera Laurier program the last two years, including a performance with the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony, where she developed roles such as Prince Orlofsky, from Strauss’ Die Fledermaus, under the mentoring of mezzo-soprano Kimberly Barber.” She is considering a graduate degree and/or opera diploma as she continues to aspire to a career combining performance and teaching.

Tickets for Friday’s concert ($10) may be reserved at or by calling 416-722-9795 or 519-939-2689. The concert will take place at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 128 Main Street W. in Beeton at 7:30 p.m.

Written by Marni Walsh

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