Adams Chair of Music and Worship
Phone: (805) 565-6280
Office Location: Music Building 201
Conducting, Church Music,
Opera and Literature
Dr. Michael Shasberger's 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 also the conductor of the Santa Barbara Chamber Singers, guest conductor for the West Coast Chamber Orchestra, Director Emeritus of the Musica Sacra Chamber Orchestra of Denver and sings with the Santa Barbara based Vocal Scholars vocal ensemble.
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, including the Denver based vocal chamber ensemble “AVE” in appearances on concert series throughout the western United States and in England. 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 has presented papers at state, regional and national conferences of the College Orchestra Directors Association, the Music Educators National Conference, and the American Choral Directors Association. Choirs under his direction, including those from 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, 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 as a visiting faculty member at the University of Colorado Boulder, directing the University Choir and University Chamber Singers, 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 has also served as a member of the national committee on technologies for the American Choral Directors Association, and board member for the international choral music internet resource site ChoralNet. 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.