The Department of Visual and Performing Arts at Lake Michigan College presents an alumni recital featuring soprano and music teacher Rebecca Derbas-Selvidge with collaborative pianist Maggie Martin at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 6 at the Hanson Theater in Mendel Center on the Benton Harbor campus, 2755 E. Napier Av.
A graduate of the LMC Music Department, Derbas-Selvidge is Director of Choral Music at Coloma Community Schools. While at LMC, she received the Steve Sizer Vocal Fellowship, Musician of the Year Award, and met her husband and fellow educator, Alan Selvidge.
“It’s quite humbling to be asked to play because I really like LMC,” Derbas-Selvidge said. “It has been a big part of my life. I’ve been playing on the Hanson stage since I was 15 and I’m excited to be back. It’s a full loop moment.
For this recital, Derbas-Selvidge will perform a mix of classical, Broadway and jazz tunes. Highlights of the program include “Signore, Ascolta” by Giacomo Puccini in “Turandot”, “À quoi bon la lune? by Kurt Weill. from “Street Scene”, “Get Out and Stay Out” by Dolly Parton from “9 to 5”, “Skylark” by Hoagy Carmichael and “Route 66” by Bobby Troup. Guest vocalist and LMC alumnus Carrie VanDenburgh will also join Derbas-Selvidge for a performance of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Sull’aria” in “The Marriage of Figaro.”
“It was nice to work on a program that mixes old and new,” Derbas-Selvidge said. “There are pieces I haven’t done since college, and there are pieces I’ve never done. The program is unique enough that I hope community members and students will hear something they have never heard before.
Derbas-Selvidge earned her bachelor’s degree in choral education from Western Michigan University, a master’s degree in music education from the University of South Florida, and a performance certificate in musical theater from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York. .
She has performed with various ensembles, including Lake Effect Jazz Big Band, Western Michigan University’s Gold Company, Western’s Chorale, and Voices LMC.
Derbas-Selvidge wrote, produced and performed “A Woman’s World Cabaret” at Danny’s Skylight and performed at other New York venues such as The Cutting Room, The Triad and Studio One. She was a co-singer/songwriter for Stoney End, backup vocalist for the Erin Hill Band, and a founding member of the Three Divas of Southwest Michigan with VanDenburgh and Katherine Rohwer.
His theater credits include “Grease”, “Ragtime” and “Urinetown”. Derbas-Selvidge served as Music Director for the production of Twin City Player’s “Sound of Music”, Children’s Music Workshop’s “Hairspray”, and CMW TeenStock’s summer productions “Les Miserables” and “Spamalot”. She also directed the TeenStock production of “Xanadu”.
Meanwhile, Martin, another LMC alumnus, will provide musical accompaniment for the March 6 recital. She received her associate degree in music from LMC and received her bachelor’s degree in women’s studies from Eastern Michigan University.
“She’s an incredible pianist and accompanist,” Derbas-Selvidge said. “She’s just such a beautiful performer, and I can’t wait for people to hear her again.”
At LMC, Martin was a member of the Concert Choir, Jazz Band, Chamber Players and Southshore Concert Band. She has received the Board of Trustees and Endowed Music Fellowships, as well as the John EN and Dede Howard Instrumental Fellowship. Martin is a master barber and owns MAK Salon and Spa in Harbert, Michigan.
Admission to this show is free.
To learn more about this event or Lake Michigan College’s Visual and Performing Arts program, call 269-927-8876 or visit lakemichigancollege.edu/arts.