The MMC Women’s Chorus has been invited again this year to perform with the St. Joseph Municipal Band at the John Howard Bandshell! On Sunday, August 18 there will be two performances at 3:30 PM and 7:30 PM. Be a part of this long standing St. Joseph tradition of free public music and entertainment during our summers along the St. Joseph river and Lake Michigan.
The annual MMC membership luncheon at noon will be followed with a public performance at 1 PM by the Monday Musical Club's Women's Chorus and saxophonist Mike Perkins.
Join in our Annual Celebration of National Music Week with performances by Monday Musical Club's 2019 Student scholarship winners, Junior Club Officers and Mr. James Park, Bass soloist.
How to Make a Great Audition Recording
Learn the basics of digital recording including microphone types and other recording equipment, how to place microphones for best sound, mastering your recording, and rendering it for the highest quality delivery. Other topics touched on will include principles of good video recording, basic video editing, room acoustics, and how to best prepare yourself for a recording session.
An evening of American Music with the Lakeshore High School Choir, under the direction of Katie Rowher, and jazz pianist David Lahm.
Monday Musical Club's 2017-2018 season concludes with performances by their Womens Chorus, under the direction of Carrie VanDenburgh, and Wendy Willis, Flute, a former Monday Musical Club Scholarship winner. Members will enjoy a private luncheon at Noon, followed by the public program at 1 PM at the First Congregational Church at 2001 Niles Avenue, St. Joseph.
An evening celebrating Monday Musical Club's current Student Junior Club Officers, 2018 Scholarship Winners, and past vocal scholarship recipient Emily Brenner as vocal soloist. Monday Musical Club takes pride in continuing the legacy of music in our area through supporting Artist/Educator programs and study scholarships/awards to area youth. Program begins at 6:30 PM at the Heritage Museum and Cultural Center at 601 Main Street in downtown Saint Joseph.
A rare opportunity to enjoy the talents of University of Michigan Associate Professor and Chair of Piano Christopher Harding. The program begins at 6:30 PM at the Heritage Museum and Cultural Center, 601 Main Street, in downtown Saint Joseph.
Experience the unique traditions of China through an evening with the Chinese Dancers and Violin Ensemble, featuring Li Wang (a Monday Musical Student Junior Club Adviser) on violin. The event begins at 2 PM at the First Congregational Church, 2001 Niles Ave., in St. Joseph. Note the new time and location for this program.
Join us for an afternoon showcasing the St. Joseph High School Chamber Ensemble, under the direction of Burke Lokey, and the St. Joseph High School Show Choir, under the direction of Beth Gray Roll, beginning at 2 PM at the Heritage Museum and Cultural Center at 601 Main Street in downtown St. Joseph.
Monday Musical Club's 86th Annual Candlelight Vespers Service will be held December 3 at Trinity Lutheran Church at 609 Court Street in downtown Saint Joseph at 3:45 PM. This traditional beginning to our holiday season includes performances by: Dr. Karl Schrock, organ; Maggie Barta, Vocal Soloist; and the Monday Musical Club's Womens Chorus under the direction of Paula Steuernagel. All donations collected at the service are directly forwarded to the Twin Cities Area Good Fellows Fund.
Join us for a "Parade of American Music" featuring the Rufus Ferguson Music Group at the Heritage Museum and Cultural Center, 601 Main Street, St. Joseph, MI. Group members: Rufus Ferguson, Piano; Madison George, Drums; Ben Schmidt-Swartz, Tenor Sax; and Henry Rensch, Bass; will entertain us with songs of our American Hertitage.
A program featuring romantic and poetic songs for soprano, flute, and piano opens Monday Musical’s 2017/2018 season at the Heritage Museum and Cultural Center, 601 Main Street, St. Joseph, MI. Soprano Jessica McCormack, flutist Rebecca Hovan, and pianist Mariah Boucher will perform Portrait by Cécile Chaminade, Une Flûte Invisible by Camille Saint-Saëns, and Viens! Une flûte invisible soupire by André Caplet. Jessica McCormack and Mariah Boucher will perform Will There Really Be A Morning? and If I...from Four Dickinson Songs by Lori Laitman; and Maman, dites-moi, Non, je n’irai plus au bois, and Jeunes Fillettes from Romances et chansons du XVIII siècle byJean-Baptiste Weckerlin. Rebecca Hovan, accompanied by Mariah Boucher, will perform Nocturne by Lili Boulanger and Poem by Charles T. Griffes. The public is invited to attend the program.
Monday Musical Club's June Program features Pianist Ruth Goveia.
Ruth Goveia will be performing piano solos by Haydn, Debussy, Schubert-Liszt and Chopin. She would like to share her enthusiasm and admiration for these works with the Monday Musical Club audience. Much of Ruth’s enthusiasm started during studies with distinguished pianists such as Edmund Battersby, as well as Béla Siki, Frank Weinstock, and Nils Kayser, with chamber musicians Micu Szigeti and Peter Kamnitzer (La Salle Quartet) and from mentoring received from Steven de Groote.
Her performances in the USA include the Musica Viva Performance Series in Illinois and the New York-based Artur Balsam Chamber Music Project in Wabash, Indiana, as well as at Kalamazoo College, Albion College, and Western Michigan University. In South Africa, she has performed as concerto soloist with major national orchestras and has also featured on South African Radio and Television.
Ruth has broad adjudication experience, which extends to competitions, festivals and performance examinations both in South Africa and the USA. She has served on the selection panel for the University of South Africa’s International Piano Competition and as adjudicator for their National Piano Competition. In Michigan, she has judged for MTNA competitions, and was invited as a clinician for the Gilmore Festival’s “KeysFest” in Kalamazoo.
Ruth has a D.M. from Indiana University-Bloomington, M.Mus. from the University of Cincinnati and an undergraduate degree from the University of the Free State in South Africa. She also earned a Performers Licentiate from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music in London.
Soprano, Jessica McCormack is Vocal Coordinator and Assistant Professor of Voice at IU South Bend. During the summer, she is a member of the voice faculty at the Interlochen Center for the Arts. In addition to these appointments, she was appointed as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Notre Dame for fall 2016. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of North Texas, a Master of Music from Southern Methodist University, and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Toronto.
McCormack has sung at Carnegie Hall, under the direction of Ton Koopman, Helmuth Rilling, and Robert Spano as part of the Professional Training Workshops series, and as a soloist at the Boston Early Music Festival. Her operatic roles include Nannetta in Verdi’s Falstaff, Barbarina in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, Aurora in Cavalli’s L’Egisto, Cunegonde in Bernstein’s Candide, and Tirsi in Handel’s Clori, Tirsi e Fileno. Her oratorio work includes Carissimi’s Jepthe, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Schütz’s Die sieben Worte, Bach’s Weihnachtsoratorium, Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem, Schubert’s Mass in G, Fauré’s Requiem and Orff’s Carmina Burana.
A featured soloist with the Fort Worth, South Bend, New Brunswick, and Springfield (Ohio) symphonies, she has also sung with the Bach Society of Dayton and was the national winner of the Canadian Music Competition (vocal division). McCormack was also selected as an Emerging Leader by the National Association of Teachers of Singing in 2012 and 2016. Recent engagements include performances with Oklahoma based TACTUS, the Women Composers Festival of Hartford, and presentations for the National Opera Association and the Pan-American Vocology Association. She was also a guest teacher-in-residence for Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory during the spring 2016 semester. Engagements in 2017 include recitals and guest teaching appointments in Toronto, Boston, Honolulu, and Hong Kong.
Active as collaborative pianist, chamber musician, and soloist, Boucher serves as the visiting assistant professor of music at Indiana University South Bend. Studying with Martin Katz, Logan Skelton, and Katherine Collier, Boucher completed her M.M. and D.M.A. at the University of Michigan in collaborative piano.
Boucher has performed the Mendelssohn and Ravel piano concertos with orchestras, as well as solo and collaborative recitals featuring singers and instrumentalists. She has had the opportunity to work closely with composers Michael Daugherty, Gabriela Frank, and Evan Chambers premiering and exploring new music. As an opera enthusiast, Boucher has performed and coached Puccini’s La Boheme, Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel, Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore, and Mozart’s Cosi fan Tutte, working with conductors Martin Katz and Mark Gibson. Passionate about the revitalization of the arts in Detroit, she has joined with chamber partners Dennis Carter (fl), Lisa Raschiatore (cl), and Jennifer Goltz (voice) to perform at the jazz and art space Trinosophes. She also has joined in numerous opera outreach programs to bring opera to elementary schools throughout the Detroit area.
:Rebecca Hovan recently returned from two seasons as the flutist for the National Tour of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. She is on the faculty at Indiana University South Bend and is a member of the National Flute Association, currently serving as Masterclass Performers Competition Coordinator. She has also served the NFA as Chair of the Pedagogy Committee and participated in the preparation of several of the Committee's publications. Rebecca is also co-author of several titles in the award-winning Blocki Flute Method series and remains active composing and arranging music for a variety of instrumental combinations, several of which are in print including Wedding Collection for Flute and Violin and selections from her first CD, A Silver Christmas. As a performer, she has appeared in recital as a soloist and with various ensembles throughout the United States, and she has presented numerous pedagogy workshops for the NFA, colleges and universities, professional conferences, and flute festivals. Her training includes a Master of Music from the University of North Texas where she was a Teaching Fellow in Flute and studied with Mary Karen Clardy. www.noteworthyflute.com
Kennedy’s Kitchen has been making Irish music together since 1998, averaging about 80 shows per year playing everything from backyard parties and weddings to pubs, concert halls, and national festivals. From their home in South Bend, Indiana, they have travelled as far as New York City and Naples, Florida, recording five CDs along the way (they are working on their sixth). They are family and friends, gathering every Thursday evening for dinner, laughter, and music rooted in traditional Irish Music, jigs, reels, hornpipes, aires, recitations, stories, and songs . . . adding their own compositions along the way. It's a mix of all things Irish from traditional to pub songs, from toe-tapping to deeply moving . . . and it's always fun.
The band is led by joHn Kennedy, award winning singer and guitar player. It's Kitchen Music from the home, the hearth, and the heart. Joining in is joHn's nephew Liam Ladewski, Theresa Kubiak, Chris O'Brien, Rob Weber, and Jacob Turner.
Liam, Theresa, and Jacob are award winners themselves having competed in the All-Ireland Fleadh on their respective instruments.
They play fiddle, flutes, whistles, mandolin, bouzouki, guitar, tenor banjo, harmonica, bohdran, and bass. And they sing. They love to sing.
joHn Kennedy is a singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist, and the leader of the band. His rich, deep voice is an instrument unto itself. joHn is the 2004 All-Ireland Fleadh Silver Medalist in Accompaniment, competing on guitar. He has won numerous Gold and Silver medals in traditional singing and accompaniment at the Midwest Fleadhs.
joHn's solo CD ‘I'll Learn To Fly’ was chosen by WVPE FM 88.1's Back Porch program as one of the top ten folk releases of 1998. Other recording credits include: ‘St. Patrick's Day at Notre Dame’, recorded live with David James, Dan Gellert, Kevin and Maggie Henry, Pat Max, and Rosie McCormick; ‘The Notre Dame Experience’ with Nolan Ladewski, Autumn Rhodes and Tim O'Neill on the opening cut of this Piano Brothers production; and ‘Extra Stout, Live at the Inn at Long Trail’ a recording which joHn engineered and produced with Pat Max.
joHn is a founding member of the traditional Irish band 'Seamaisin' and co-produced two recordings with that group ‘Joseph Harvey's Fiddle was Left in the Rain’ and ‘Seamaisin: Live at The Tin Shop’. Seamaisin also produced music for the sound track of the short-film, Araby, an adaptation of James Joyce's short story of the same name. Araby was nominated for an Academy Award in the Student Narrative Film category. The band ‘Seamaisin’ can also be heard in one of the scenes from the movie ‘Rudy’.
joHn is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Chile 79-81), and has a doctorate from the University of Notre Dame in Development Economics. He current pretends to be an economist at Saint Joseph College in Renssallear, IN.
joHn plays a Fender 1100 Acoustic Guitar, usually in DADGAD tuning, a handmade Jim Shenk guitar (Wooden Music), and a Flat Iron Bouzouki.
Liam Ladewski is a multiple medalist at Midwest Fleadhs on both whistle and flute. He took a first on whistle and second in flute in 2011 and travelled to Ireland for the All-Ireland Fleadh in August 2011, studying with Joanie Madden at the Fleadh Traditional Music School. He has been playing whistle since the age of seven, studying with his uncle joHn. At the age of twelve, he joined the band as a full-time member in the fall of 2008 when his brother Nolan left town to attend college. Liam plays tin-whistles made by Patrick O'Riordan and Colin Goldie, and flutes made by Hammie Hamilton and Patrick Olwell.
Chris O'Brien began classical violin at the age of 9 and later turned to Appalachian and Irish Traditional music. Her early influences include the soulful and rousing tunes of Tommy Peoples from County Donegal, Ireland and the all Irish born Bothy Band. She has studied fiddle at the Willie Clancy School in Milltown-Malbay, County Clare, Ireland. She is currently employed in art and frame restoration. She is also an avid accomplished gardener, just for the joy of taking care of flowers that have no other place to go. Chris has spent many summers in Kilkee, County Clare, Ireland. Chris plays a Czech fiddle, 1947 unknown maker. Her banjo is believed to be a Lyon and Healy, and is about 100 years old. The mandolin is a lovely, gentle Eastman.
Rob Weber, a musician since the age of twelve, lived in Texas and performed with many of the blues, jazz, and R&B artists for which Texas is famous. His longest tenure was with the renowned 'Midnite Flyer Band', an eight-piece R&B group featuring Jimmy Luke, the Texas R&B singer and harmonica player. On his return to his hometown of South Bend, Rob "fell in" with the session players at the Monday night sessions at Lula's. A writer with a novel and hundreds of short stories and novellas to his credit, Rob was completely taken with the story telling qualities of Irish music. "The cultural similarities of the Irish and the Jewish peoples have many touchpoints: the value of family, the home, music, and the traditions of passing on the legends, myths, and the histories from one generation to the next." Rob was ordained as a Rabbi in 2012. Rob plays basses made by Birdsong.
Jacob Turner joined the band in the summer of 2011 after the retirement of founding bodhran player Bob Harke. Prior to joining the Kitchen, Jacob studied bohdran with joHn for three years. Jacob is a multiple medalist at the Midwest Fleadhs. In 2011, he placed second at the Midwest fleadh in his age group (aged 14) and that following summer travelled to Ireland to compete at the All-Ireland Fleadh in Cavan. Jacob's bodhran was made by Mike Quinlan.
Theresa Kubiak is the newest member of The Kitchen, having joined in September of 2016. Before joining the band, Theresa began playing tin-whistle at the age of 6 under the instruction of joHn Kennedy and Nolan Ladewski. She is a multiple medalist on the tin-whistle at the Midwest Fleadhs. In 2016, she placed first in her age category, qualifying her for the All-Ireland Fleadh. Later that summer, she travelled to Ennis, Ireland to compete in the All-Irelands. During her time there, she studied under the guidance of Joanie Madden at the Fleadh Traditional Music School. Theresa plays Pat O'Riordan and Colin Goldie tin-whistles, and a flute by Desi Seery.
Monday Musical's February Program takes place on Monday, February 6th, 1:00 PM, at the First Congregational Church, 2001 Niles Ave. in St. Joseph. This afternoon program features Maurice Scott accompanied by David Brock, and an organ performance by Paul Flyger.
Paul Flyger, received both Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in Organ Performance from Andrews University, studying with Dr. C. Warren Becker and later with Dr. Kenneth Logan. Post-graduate studies are with Dr. Karl Schrock of Western Michigan University. He was organist at the Pilgrim Congregational UCC Church and has now been organist at the First Congregational UCC Church in St. Joseph for the past 2 years. He is now the Director of Music Ministry at First Congregational Church and directs the Alleluia and Jubilate Ringers and the Kids Connection Choir each week. Mr. Flyger teaches piano and piano classes at Lake Michigan College, Benton Harbor and currently maintains a private piano studio in addition to his church work.
Maurice Scott developed a love for singing at an early age. He joined the school choir in fourth grade and remained until he graduated high school. Maurice attended North Carolina A. & T. State University under a music scholarship where he obtained a B.S. Degree in Music Education with a concentration in voice. He was a featured soloist in the A. & T. Choir and received the Margaret R. Tynes Award for vocal excellence upon graduation. Maurice moved to Michigan in 1972 and served as the elementary music teacher for Bangor Public Schools for many years and briefly directed the high school choir.
After retiring from Bangor Schools in 2010, Maurice was the director of the Benton Harbor College Access network for two years. He currently works as an office assistant at W. M. U. Southwest where he continues to help students obtain their college education.
Maurice sings with the Wilsonian Male Chorus at Second Baptist Church in Benton Harbor where he attends. He also sings at weddings, special events in the area and for other programs upon invitation. His family, wife Priscilla, son Morrice and daughter Keisha, also have musical talents that they display in their worship services. Maurice’s baritone voice has brought joy and peace to many who have heard him sing.
Monday Musical Club’s 85th Annual Candlelight Vesper Service takes place Sunday, December 4, 2016, 3:45 PM at the First Congregational Church, 2001 Niles Avenue, St. Joseph. The program includes the Monday Musical Club Chorus under the direction of Julia Lindsay and accompanied by Esther Shoemaker. Award winning organist Frederick Hohman will be featured and the Monday Musical Junior Club President, Nathanael Mitchell, will be the vocal soloist. MMC Member Pearl Blaylock will read the Christmas Story from the Scriptures. The program ends with the audience participating in singing The Hallelujah Chorus from Handel's Messiah, accompanied by Frederick Hohman and Esther Shoemaker.
Frederick Hohman is known as a concert organist, and also as a composer of organ and choral music, a creator of organ transcriptions, and a classical music audio-video producer / engineer; therefore, his contributions to the organ music field span many facets. Frederick earned the Performer's Certificate, Mus.B., M.M. and D.M.A. degrees while in the organ class of David Craighead at the University of Rochester's Eastman School of Music. In 1984, he won First Prize in two prestigious organ competitions, each named after a legendary American organ professor: Clarence Mader and Arthur Poister.
Since 1984, Frederick's concert tours have taken him throughout the USA, and to the Caribbean, Australia, the UK and Finland, where he has appeared in venues ranging from the largest and most opulent to the most humble and intimate. He has performed before regional and national conventions of the American Guild of Organists (AGO), The Organ Historical Society, and The American Institute of Organbuilders.
The audio recording label Pro Organo was founded by Frederick in 1985. In the 30 years of the label's existence, Frederick has overseen the production and release of nearly 300 titles (featuring organ and choral music) including about a dozen releases where he appears as both producer and artist. Frederick built the label's audio & video post-production facility, Zarex HD, in South Bend, Indiana in 1996. In the late 1990s, Frederick expanded upon his audio production experience by producing a television series about organs and organists, entitled "Midnight Pipes." Segments of this series are seen today on YouTube, where one segment, of his performance of the Toccata from the Fifth Organ Symphony by Charles-Marie Widor, has topped 1.1 million views. www.youtube.com/midnightpipes
Acclaimed by a critic with The Diapason magazine as "one of the symphonic organ's strongest exponents," Frederick championed the cause of the Symphonic School of Organ-Playing during the 1980s, during a time when it is was not well known or understood. His 1984 doctoral essay, "The Art of the Symphonic Organist," and his 1985 CD "Lemare Affair" ignited a revival in symphonic organ literature and performance practices. This led to his first organ transcription publications, and to the appearance of sequel "Lemare Affair" CDs as well as a popular organ CD entitled "SympHohmania."
Frederick Hohman's organ transcriptions and original organ music can be found published by Wayne Leupold Editions - www.wayneleupold.com - and by Zarex Scores. He has also penned music under the nom de plume "Carlos Xavier Santiago." Works for organ and orchestra - penned under both identities - were premiered to a warm reception with the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Joseph Schlefke, before the 2008 Twin Cities National Convention of the American Guild of Organists.
Since 2008, Fred has become active at the national level in The American Guild of Organists (AGO). He has served as the Director of the AGO's Committee on Educational Resources and presently serves as AGO's Director of the Committee on Continuing Professional Education, to which he brings both his academic and well as manufacturing and publishing experience. His volunteer efforts have helped the AGO to develop, publish and distribute to its membership timely and relevant educational resources in print, on CD, on DVD, and on-line.
Frederick has served as an adjudicator at several noted national and international organ-playing competitions, including the Arthur Poister competition (2011), Albert Schweitzer Organ Competition and Festival / USA (1997-2011 ASOF), the Fort Wayne National Organ-Playing Competition, and the Herbert Davis State Organ Prize (2000-Victoria, Australia).
When not on tour with concerts or recordings, Frederick works in his music studio, shared with spouse Elizabeth, where he practices on a D280 C. Bechstein piano, and a Hauptwerk-converted, 1927-vintage, 4-manual Austin organ console.
Frederick Hohman's independent, entrepreneurial American artist's life became a lead story in the issues of The Organ and Choir & Organ, two of the British organ trade "glossies."
Julia Lindsay Grenon has been performing as a soprano soloist since she was four years old. As with many performers, she began performing in her father's churches and at many campmeetings. Her first solo concert was given at the age of 16 in the Hyattsville, MD SDA Church where her father was the senior pastor.
In 1984 and 1985, Julia traveled the United States in a motorhome giving sacred music concerts in churches all over the country: touring included traveling as far north as Michigan, as far south as Florida, up the east coast and as far west as Colorado.
In January 1986, she made her way to Berrien Springs, MI to attend Andrews University and completed her degree in August 1987 when she was awarded a Masters Degree in Music Performance. At this time, Julia was hired by the AU Department of Music where she served for the next 28 years as a music instructor and Coordinator of the Vocal area.
Julia Lindsay Grenon has served not only as a soprano soloist, but served many years as Assistant Choral Director for the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra Chorus under the direction of Dr. Robert Vodnoy; her service has also been as soprano in several small vocal ensembles, producer/director of several musicals, opera works and operettas, a number of church musician positions and in many choruses. Her solo and choral singing have taken her all over the world to many countries as well as through our own United States of America.
Julia Lindsay currently freelances in various music projects, performs as soprano soloist and spends more time with her husband, George,and "kids" Chip, Gabe, Lady and Casey. She counts it a privilege to work with the lovely ladies of Monday Musical.
Monday Musical Club's November Program presents the Jazzmin II Quintet featuring Steve Reed on trumpet and Larry Schanker on piano; and Rebecca Derbas-Selvidge, Katherine Rohwer, and Carrie VanDenburgh as The Three Divas. The program is Monday, November 7th, 6:30 PM at the Heritage Center in St. Joseph.
Jazzmin II is a swingin' jazz quintet featuring members of the local Lake Effect Jazz Big Band and guest artists. The quintet has been together for six years and plays jazz standards and classics from the "Great American Songbook” including swing tunes, bossas, ballads, and popular jazz tunes going all the way back to the 20's and 30's.
Jazzmin II is led by Steven Reed on trumpet and flugelhorn, and features Christopher Keech on saxophones, Tim King on standup bass, Chuck Hartzell on drums, and pianist/composer Larry Schanker.
Reed has been on the music scene in the twin cities area for over 40 years teaching music at St. Joseph High School and performing in numerous jazz and classical organizations in and out of the area during those years. In retirement he is now conducting the Lake Effect Jazz Big Band and fronting the Jazzmin II quintet.
Christopher Keech is one of the top jazz saxophonists in the area and is a soloist with the Lake Effect Jazz Big Band, Ed Bagatini's jazz groups, and many others. Chris teaches at Coloma Public Schools, and is an adjunct saxophone teacher at Lake Michigan College, Andrews University and Southwest Michigan College.
Tim King is a well known musician in the area and excels on double bass, electric bass and woodwinds. Tim teaches at the Citadel Music Center and runs his own sound and recording business.
Chuck Hartzell is a local business owner and jazz drummer extraordinaire performing tasty rhythmic accompaniment in large and small combos. Chuck was the drummer in the original Jazzmin quintet formed in the late 1970's.
Larry Schanker is an exceptional musician, pianist and composer. Larry teaches music at the Brookview Montesori School and is also the head administrator at the school this year. He has written numerous arrangements and compositions and is in demand literally around the world.
The Three Divas sing the music of Mozart, Hahn, Gershwin, Rodgers and Hart using their background in opera, musical theatre and Jazz to entertain the Southwest Michigan area.
Rebecca Derbas-Selvidge, soprano, holds a Bachelors of Music in Choral Education from Western Michigan University and a Certificate of Musical Theatre Professional Performance from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City. She is the Choral Director at Coloma Community Schools. Rebecca has performed with various ensembles including: Gold Company under Dr. Steve Zegree, WMU Chorale, and VOICES LMC as well as regional and local theatre productions such as Sandy in Grease!, Mabel in Pirates of Penzance, Mother in SMSO's Ragtime, and Penelope Pennywise in Urinetown. She has been musical director for TCP's Sound of Music, CMW's Hairspray, and TeenStock's summer productions including Les Miserablés and Spamalot; most recently directing Xanadu.
Rebecca has performed at the International Association of Jazz Educators conference in Toronto and has appeared on several albums including: Gold Company's Who Could Ask for Anything More and 30; Tim Hauser's Love Stories, and Ditties for Kiddies, a benefit CD for Little Kids Rock. She was writer/producer/performer for A Woman's World Cabaret at Danny's Skylight in New York City and other local cabaret productions. She has performed pop and jazz charts at such venues as The Cutting Room, The Triad, and Studio One in New York City. Rebecca was co-singer/songwriter for the band Stoney End, a back-up singer for the Erin Hill Band and is a BMI affiliated songwriter. She enjoys performing with her "diva" friends in the group, Three Divas of Southwest Michigan. For more information, please go to our website: ThreeDivas.us
Carrie VanDenburgh, soprano, is a California native who grew up in a musical family, studying piano and violin from an early age. Although she loved to sing and grew up singing in choirs, she never thought it was something she would pursue until her high school choir teacher gave her a solo. Following her graduation from high school, Carrie studied with Dr. Genevieve Kibble at Pacific Union College for two years before transferring to Andrews University to study under the tutelage of Mr. Stephen Zork. Carrie completed her Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance in 2000 and obtained her Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance in 2002, both from Andrews University.
Carrie has been the soloist for Bach’s Magnificat, John Rutter’s Gloria, Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols, Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Laudate Dominum, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, Ramirez’s Misa Criolla, played a role in the musical Godspell, and was Julie in the musical Carousel and Marian Paroo in The Music Man with the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra. Mrs. VanDenburgh was also a winner in the Young Artist Competition, 2000 and 2001.
She has taught at Bridgman High School as the choral director and at Lake Michigan College where she taught aural comprehension, music theory, and voice lessons. Currently, Carrie VanDenburgh is the choir teacher at Berrien Springs Middle and High School where her choirs continually receive Excellent ratings at the district and state level. She is also the Choir Director at Harbert Community Church.
Katherine Rohwer, mezzo soprano, received her degree in Choral Music Education and Vocal Performance from Western Michigan University, studying under Elizabeth Cowan and Kenneth Prewitt. Her performance credits from Western Michigan University include the roles of Dorabella from Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte, Meg Page from Verdi’s Falstaff, and Mrs. Anderssen from Sondheim’s A Little Night Music. She has been a featured soloist with the Kalamazoo Bach Festival Chorus, performing Rachmaninoff’s Vespers, and served as the alto section leader. As a member of the World Youth Choir, Katherine explored and performed a vast array of musical styles in Italy, Switzerland, France, Thailand, Belgium, Germany, South Africa, Spain and Namibia, where she sang under the direction of conductors such as Peter Dijkstra, Gunnar Eriksson, and Bob Chilcott. Katherine is currently the Director of Choirs at Lakeshore High School in Stevensville, MI.