Dr. Cheryl Shafer Moore, mezzo-soprano, earned her BA in Music from Sonoma State University, her MM in Vocal Performance from the University of New Mexico, and her DMA in Early Music Performance Practices from Case Western Reserve University.
Cheryl is a versatile singer, comfortable both as a soloist and as an ensemble member, working in many musical styles and eras, from medieval rondeaux to bel canto opera. As a soloist, she has performed in operas, musicals, and in the concert hall with Cinnabar Theater, The Jarvis Center, Northstar Opera Repertory Theater, Red Bluff Masterworks Chorale, Sonoma Bach, Valhalla Productions, Verismo Opera, and more. Favorite stage roles include Amneris (Aida), Erda (Siegfried), and The Sorceress (Dido and Æneas). Past concert appearances have included the alto solos in Vivaldi’s Magnificat, Handel’s Messiah, and Bach’s St. John Passion. As an ensemble performer, she has sung with Apollo’s Fire, Circa 1600, Opera Cleveland, Opera San José, Quire Cleveland, Schola Cantorum San Francisco, and Vajra Voices. In May 2019, she sang the role of Lynda Bird Johnson in the west coast premiere of Henry Mollicone’s Lady Bird. In the Fall, Cheryl appeared as Meg (Falstaff) with Bay Shore Lyric Opera. The Spring 2020 performance of Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites with Berkeley Chamber Opera was cancelled due to COVID-19. Cheryl also directed CinnaGals, the women’s choir of Cinnabar Theater, from 2015-2020.
At the keyboard, she has accompanied ballet classes, singers, choirs, and chamber ensembles. She is currently working on her Suzuki Piano Teacher Training.
In her spare time, you’ll likely find Cheryl working in her garden, or sewing, quilting, and knitting.