Bryan Cultural series presents Tshombe Selby April 22

Published 12:27 pm Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Be captivated by Tshombe Selby when he performs at All Saints Episcopal Church, Southern Shores, Sunday, April 22 at 4 p.m. The event marks the second performance of the sixth season for the Don and Catharine Bryan Cultural Series.

“You may not know the name Tshombe Selby, but if you’ve attended any number of local events over the past few years, you’ve likely heard him sing,” series chairman John Tucker said in a news release. “And, wow, can he sing!”

Selby has repeatedly and graciously volunteered his vocal talent at local events and in support of community causes. His talent and hard work earned him the opportunity for a full year of uninterrupted opera training in New York under the tutelage of operatic trainers Nico and Carol Castel. In February 2015 he sang his first solo at Carnegie Hall in New York.

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Selby is a native of Manteo, where his first introduction to music came when he convinced his parents to let him join the youth choir at church. He was 5 years old. By age 15 he had become minister of music for his church, taught himself to play the piano and had performed at countless school and community events.

After graduating high school, Selby received a bachelor of arts degree in music performance from Elizabeth City State University. While at the university he excelled as a tenor soloist in the University Choir, where he toured throughout the United States, Africa and performed for state senators and the United States Congress. It was through his experience with the choir that he discovered his love for opera.

In the spring of 2013 Selby was invited to apprentice with Nico Castel and his wife Carol Castel of the New York Opera Studio. He worked with the Castels for five months, traveling back and forth between New York City and Manteo. In the fall of 2013, he moved to New York to work with the Castels.

Most recently Selby sang the role of King Casper in Menotti’s ‘Amahl’ and the “Night Visitors” with the Delaware Valley Opera. He is currently working on the role of Count Almaviva in Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville.”

Tickets for the April 22 performance are $15 and available online at They are also available at Duck’s Cottage Coffee & Books, 1240 Duck Road, Duck; Duck’s Cottage Downtown Books, 105 Sir Walter Raleigh St., Manteo; Gray’s Department Store, 3860 N. Croatan Highway, Kitty Hawk and Sea Green Gallery, 2404 S. Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head.

Free admission is available for students. For more information email or call or text (252) 564-9767.