Cherie Shoemaker

Lyric Coloratura Soprano

Having an accomplished composer and pianist as a mother, it was hardly surprising that soprano Cherie Crosby Shoemaker, would also become an accomplished musician. Cherie began performing at an early age as part of Sacramento's well known Galena Street East Singers. The daughter of composer Rosalind M. Luke Crosby, Cherie majored in music at Brigham Young University and earned a Master of Music degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

A skilled performer, she
has sung opera, oratorio, recitals and musical theatre throughout the western
United States. As a much sought-after concert and recital singer, Cherie has had the opportunity to perform with outstanding orchestras in California, Idaho and Utah, including the Peninsula Symphony, Gold Country Chamber Orchestra, Camellia Symphony, Utah Valley Opera Festival and the Valley Choral Society.

Her oratorio experiences include Handel’s “The Messiah” and “Dixit Dominus,” Verdi’s “Requiem,” J.S. Bach’s “Magnificat,” Haydn’s “Die Schopfung,” Brahms’ “Ein Deutches Requiem,” Rosalind Crosby's “Celebrating Women of the Old Testament,” and Robert Cundick’s “The Redeemer.” In 2007, she again performed Haydn’s “Die Schopfung” with the Valley Choral Society, and in 2008 will repeat Brahms’ “Ein Deutches Requiem” with the Sacramento Youth Symphony.

Cherie’s opera roles include Almirena in Handel’s “Rinaldo,” Mimi from “La Boheme,” the title role of “Suor Angelica,” Sandman from “Hansel and Gretel,” Kate Pinkerton in “Madama Butterfly,” Troubador in “The Bishop's Horse,” Laeticia from “The Old Maid and the Thief,” Frasquita in “Carmen,” and Maria in Leonard Bernstein's famous “West Side Story.”