Julie Ramsey

Music Director

Meet Our Chancel Choir Section Leaders

Many of you have been asking to know more about our talented and inspirational Section Leader/Soloists. I hope you enjoy reading about them and getting to know them better:

Shannon Miller
Shannon Miller, soprano, is an emerging classical artist who performs in choral ensembles and opera companies throughout Southern California, such as Pacific Chorale, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Long Beach Camerata Singer, Repertory Opera Company, and Center Stage Opera.  Operatic roles include Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi), Frasquita (Carmen) Despina (Cosi fan tutte), Nannetta (Falstaff), and Mabel (The Pirates of Penzance).  She holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Cal-State Fullerton and a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Boston University.

Aubrey Hawkinson
Praised for her polished, graceful stage presence “with a lush sound… [and] a delicate sensibility” (Singerpreneur), mezzo soprano Aubrey Hawkinson recently relocated to Los Angeles.  Her Kimmel Center debut was as a Westminster Symphonic Choir soloist in the Nico Muhly premiere of Bright Mass with Cannons performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra in the Lincoln Center. Previous roles include Charlotte (Werther), Mrs. Grose (Turn of the Screw), Romeo (I Capuletti e i Montecchi), Marta (Iolanta). Mrs. Hawkinson holds a Bachelor’s Degree in vocal performance from Northern Arizona University, and a Master of Music Degree in voice performance and pedagogy from Westminster Choir College.  Future engagements include chorus work with the LA Opera Chorus and a reprise of the role of Romeo in Fall of 2018.

David Morales
David Morales developed his love for music in church and school, singing in worship teams and middle school choir. He recently graduated from Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University, Long Beach, and holds a B.M. in Vocal Performance and Music Education. He is the music director of Casa de Oracion church where his father is the senior pastor.  He leads the contemporary worship team in weekly and Sunday services. Aside from church music, he teaches piano and voice at Tustin Music center and at the Arts & Learning Conservatory in Costa Mesa. As a classically trained singer, he has had the opportunity to perform roles in opera, musicals, and tour with an award-winning choir. He is delighted to be working in Bay Shore church with the Chancel Choir where he gets to combine his love for singing and God.

Michael Rice
A recent transplant to Long Beach, Michael was born in Chicago and raised in Connecticut. He attended Northwestern University where he received a BM in Music and worked for many years as a professional opera singer performing with companies across the United States and Europe. Some of his favorite roles include Collatinus (Rape of Lucretia), Colline (la boheme), Don Pasquale (Don Pasquale) Michael “retired” from the professional opera world and for the past seven years has worked has been an executive recruiter with Koller Search Partners, a retained search firm specializing in a variety of roles with media, technology, and information companies. A self-described Gilbert & Sullivan “junkie”, Michael owns recordings of all of their operas (Except Thespis, of course) across the entire history of recorded media, and almost all formats and company members from the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company.