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Scholarship winner to perform first concert

Dufferin Arts Council (DAC) scholarship winner and Centre Dufferin High School graduate Rebecca Postma will perform her first professional concert this Friday, April 29 in Beeton.

A classical and operatic mezzo-soprano, Ms. Postma is graduating with her Bachelor of Honours Music in voice performance from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo.

With “a strong musical thread” on both sides of her family, Rebecca was raised in the Township of Mulmur with her parents Alison and Jim Postma, 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.

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

Rebecca's vocal training growing up in Dufferin included lessons with Pamela Claridge of Orangeville and tenor Mark Dubois, as well as tenor Brandon Leis, with whom she has been studying during her undergraduate years.

Her music teachers at CDDHS included Heidi Vanderwall and Andrea Parsons.

“Rebecca began singing at a very young age, and started pursuing a career in voice performance after studying with Canadian tenor Mark Dubois,” says Alison.

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 Dubois, and community leader George Scott including many fundraising concerts.

Performances for organizations such Big Brothers Big Sisters, Relay for Life and Multiple Sclerosis.

She twice earned the Keith Knights Memorial Scholarship through Wilfrid 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.”

Rebecca is considering a graduate degree and/or opera diploma as she continues to aspire to a career combining performance and teaching.

Tickets for Rebecca's concert are $10 and may be reserved at 1 or 2 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 pm.

By Marni Walsh
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