Michael Shasberger

Saturday, May 5 at 7:00 pm at Rancho Campana Performing Arts Center, at 4235 Mar Vista Dr, Camarillo.

Sunday, May 6 at 3:00 pm at First United Methodist Church of Ventura, 1338 East Santa Clara Street, Ventura.

Michael Shasberger serves as the Adams Professor of Music and Worship at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California.  He is an active singer, conductor, and composer. He has performed leading roles in opera and musical theatre including Figaro, in Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro, Billy Bigelow in Carousel, Colline in La Boheme, George in Sunday in the Park With George, Olin Blitch in Carlisle Floyd’s Susanna, Tony in The Boyfriend, the Elder Germont in Verdi’s La traviata, and El Capitan in John Phillip Sousa’s El Capitan.

As an oratorio singer, he has appeared with major orchestras including the Chicago and Indianapolis Chamber Orchestras performing Mozart’s Requiem, Brahms’ Requiem, Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Bach’s Mass in B Minor, and the title role in the American premiere of William Mathias’s Jonah, and recently with the Channel Islands Chamber Orchestra in performances of Handel’s Messiah and Haydn’s The Creation. He has made frequent concert and recital appearances, including a performance of Mahler’s Songs of the Wayfarer to accompany the dancing of Rudolph Nureyev during the dancer’s final American tour with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra. He also currently sings professionally with the Santa Barbara Chamber Singers.

At Westmont College he teaches studio voice, conducts the College Choir and the Westmont Orchestra. He is a graduate of St. Olaf College and earned his Dr. of Musical Arts degree from the University of Southern California.

Dr. Shasberger is the Artistic Director for the West Coast Symphony and West Coast Chamber Orchestra of the Cielo Foundation. He also has an extensive background in conducting for the stage including recent Westmont productions of the musicals Secret Garden and Into the Woods and operas Die Fledermaus, La Serva Padrona, Dido and Aeneas and The Old Maid and the Thief, as well as in other professional settings including Rossini’s Cinderella, Kurt Weil’s Street Scene, Copland’s The Tender Land, Britten’s Noye’s Fludde, and Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors, along with numerous musical theatre and operettas.