St. Luke’s ministry of music exists to enhance the worship of the church, to enable people to offer themselves in service to God, and to reach out to the wider community. The music program has always played a vital part in the life of St. Luke’s.In the past, the parish was known for The St. Luke’s Choristers, a Men and Boys Choir that flourished for over 60 years. Today, the church has a mixed-gender choir with professional-quality soloists and instrumentalists accompanied by an Austin pipe organ and/or piano.
Music at our Sunday liturgies is primarily classical and embraces the best of the Anglican choral tradition, but also includes music from many centuries and cultures. We are often joined by guest instrumentalists such as brass quartets, drums and chamber orchestras.
St. Luke’s outstanding acoustics make the church a favorite performance venue for local musical organizations, such as The Long Beach Chorale, Women of Note and The Long Beach Classical Guitar Society.
Johannes Müller Stosch, Director of Music/Organist Gary Toops, Associate Organist Victor Vento, Director of Music, Spanish
SECTION LEADERS: Megan Lyne, Soprano Rebecca Hasquet, Soprano Rebecca Bishop, Alto Daniel Favela, Tenor Anthony Moreno, Bass
Megan Lyne has served as a soloist at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Long Beach for the past 6 years. Megan received her Bachelors Degree in 2007 from Carthage College (Kenosha, WI) where she earned her degree in Voice Performance and studied with Dr. Richard Sjoerdsma, editor of the National Journal of Singing. During her four years there she enjoyed performing roles such as Depsina in Cosi fan tutte, Monica in The Medium, Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus, Yum-Yum in The Mikado, and Angelina in Trial By Jury. Megan studied for her Masters Degree at the Bob Cole Conservatory, California State University, Long Beach in Opera Performance where she studied with Shigemi Matsumoto. While completing her degree at the Cole Conservatory, Megan performed as Servilia in Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito and Olympia in Les Contes d’Hoffmann. Megan also had the honor of winning the Cole Conservatory Concerto Competition and performed Samuel Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 with the University Orchestra. In addition to Megan’s operatic interests, she also enjoys the world of Musical Theater, both in performing and teaching. Megan performed during the summer of 2010 at the Redlands Bowl as Marian in a production of The Music Man. She has directed numerous children’s theater shows including Into the Woods, Beauty and the Beast, 42nd Street, Charlotte's Web, and Annie. Megan is proud to have touched the artistic lives of hundreds of children since she began teaching 14 years ago and has been blessed to work with privately trained students in her own studio. Megan currently is working as a sales representative for My Saint My Hero, a faith-based jewelry company located in San Pedro, CA.
Rebecca Hasquetholds a Bachelor's Degree in Vocal Performance from the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University, Long Beach. At CSULB, Rebecca was a student of Brian Farrell and the soprano section leader of the Chamber Choir under the direction of Dr. Jonathan Talberg. She was also a member of the Opera Institute: performaces include Mozart's Don Giovanni (Donna Elvira) and Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro (Marcellina), as well as scenes from Puccini's La Rondine (Magda de Civry) and Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier (The Marschallin). Campus highlights include being a soloist for BCCM's Celebrating Music of Mozart's Requiem Mass in D minor, performing with the live and virtual choir at the TED Conference 2013 for composer Eric Whitacre, as well as singing a sold-out performance with the Rolling Stones for the opening night of their “50 and Counting” tour at The Staples Center in Los Angeles. Prior to CSULB, Rebecca was a soprano in the Santa Clarita Master Chorale directed by Allan Petker, as well as a member of Lori Marie Rios' Chamber Choir at College of the Canyons. During the entirety of her undergraduate studies, she was a staff member at Idyllwild Arts Academy, working as a section leader for the Summer Festival Choir. Through this program, she has had the opportunity to perform such pieces as Bach's Mass in B minor and Morten Lauridson's Lux Aeterna at prestigious venues like UCLA's Royce Hall and the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Rebecca is currently a section leader of Meistersingers, a premiere chorale of Orange County under the direction of Brian Dehn, and creates commissioned music arrangements and transcriptions in the Los Angeles area.
Rebecca Bishop holds a bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance from the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at CSU Long Beach. There, she sang in the Chamber Choir, was the alto section leader of University Choir, and was a member of Jazz N Tonic under the direction of Dr. Jonathan Talberg and Christine Guter. In her time there, she studied voice with Dr. Katharin Rundus. She has done professional singing on stages such as the Staples Center singing backup for the Rolling Stones, to recording studios singing on movies such as Life is Love, Daim Duab, and Final Encounter. She has sung in the TED convention with the choral composer Eric Whitacre along with many different conductors throughout her professional chorus career. Rebecca has been singing for showcases around Southern California for labels such as Columbia Records, Interscope Records, Universal Music Group, Jive Records, and Sony Music Entertainment. She is currently recording her debut album and will be releasing it by November 2016. Rebecca is a lead instructor at The Rok Music Academy of Long Beach teaching private voice, guitar, piano, ukuele, and songwriting to students of all ages. Rebecca sings as the alto section leader of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church of Long Beach under the direction of Dr. Johannes Müller-Stosch, as well as the alto section leader and soloist of the Meistersingers of Orange County under the direction of Brian Dehn.
Anthony Moreno began studying music at El Camino College with Professor Hedley Nosworthy and was able to perform solos with the ECC Symphony Orchestra, ECC Community Choir, and ECC Chorale. Mr. Moreno also performed in Austria and Italy with Daniel Ho and Ars Nova Sinfonia run by Dr. Liam Doyle. He also served as President of the ECC Society of Music, an organization created by students to fund raise and help support the music program at El Camino. After ECC, he became a Bob Cole Scholar and a student of Shigemi Matsumoto at California State University of Long Beach. He made his operatic debut at CSULB in Massenet's Cendrillon as Pandolfe and was the baritone soloist in Brahms' Ein Deutches Requiem. In 2012, Mr. Moreno received the California State Senate Certificate of Recognition in Performing Arts and was a regional finalist in the 2012 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. He also performed the roles of Count Almaviva and Antonio in CSULB’s production of Le nozze di Figaro by W. A. Mozart and performed the title role of Mozart’s Don Giovanni. Mr. Moreno went on to complete his Master’s Degree at the University of Southern California and continued his work with Shigemi Matsumoto and performed the roles of Ottone in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea, Don Alvaro in Rossini’s Il viaggio a Reims, Tom in Henze’s The English Cat and Oreste in Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride. He was also a member of Cantos de Taos during the Taos Opera Institute’s 2014 season and performed Mozart arias with the Downey Symphony Orchestra in it’s 2014/2015 Season.Mr. Moreno is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree at USC and studying with Rod Gilfry. He recently concluded a successful tour of Austria and Italy in the summer of 2015, performing various modern works with the South Bay Camerata ensemble as well as world music pieces with Dr. Liam Doyle and Daniel Ho.