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Michael Shasberger

Location: California, USA
Michael Shasberger serves as the Adams Chair of Music and Worship at Westmont College. His endeavors include conducting the Westmont College Choir and Orchestra, private voice instruction, working with the office of the campus pastor, and developing artistic collaborations with the Santa Barbara arts community. He is active as a conductor, educator, composer and singer. Dr. Shasberger has considerable experience as a performer in professional opera, oratorio and musical theater. He has been a resident artist with the Indianapolis and Arkansas opera Companies, and has performed professionally with several vocal chamber ensembles in appearances on concert series throughout the western United States and in England, and currently sings with the Santa Barbara based Vocal Scholars quintet. Dr. Shasberger has been a guest conductor with the Fine Arts Chamber Orchestra of Mexico City, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Lithuanian National Chamber Orchestra, Estonian Chamber Orchestra, Fort Collins Symphony Orchestra, and the Ft. Wayne Philharmonic among others, as well as preparing choirs for performance with the Indianapolis and Arkansas Symphony orchestras. He serves as the Artistic Director of the Denver Bach Society, and Director Emeritus of the Musica Sacra Chamber Orchestra of Denver. He has presented papers at state, regional and national conventions of the Music Educators National Conference, and the American Choral Directors Association. Orchestras and Choirs under his direction, including those from Westmont College, Augustana Lutheran Church, Butler University, Colorado Christian University and Hendrix College, have appeared at many state, regional and national conventions of organizations such as the American Choral Directors Association, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the American Guild of Organists and the Music Educators National Conference, as well as on tour in Europe, Latin American, and the United States. Dr. Shasberger has served on faculty of Butler University, Hendrix College, Colorado Christian University and as a visiting faculty member at the University of Colorado Boulder, as well as holding the position of resident scholar on the CU faculty serving as the director of the Musica international choral music database project at the University. He earned his bachelors degree in music from St. Olaf College, his masters degree from Redlands University, and his doctorate from the University of Southern California.

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