The Singers

Daniel Gimageuay, baritone

Daniel is a native of Fall River, MA and graduate of Dean College (2012) with a BA in Theatre.  He has played lead roles in several area productions, is a member of the Barbershop Harmony Society, and the baritone section leader for the G20 Chorus (a babershop chorus based in Fall River).  He is also a member of the elegant vocal group, The Occasion Singers in Marion, MA. His favorite credits include “Max Bialystock” in The Producers, Danny Zuko in Grease, and Reuben in Joseph.

Shonna Neitz, mezzo soprano, image

Shonna is a Registered Nurse currently residing in Warwick, RI. Fortunate enough to grow up and perform alongside fellow Occasion members Chris Saulnier, Caroline Sargent, and Mike Moniz under the direction and tutelage of Cassandra Morgan, where she developed a deep unending love for music and intricate vocal harmonies
No stranger to the stage, Shonna has performed all over New England for various theatre companies since 1992. Favorite roles include: Nancy (Oliver), Fanny Brice (Funny Girl), Reno Sweeney, Bonnie (Anything Goes), Anytime Annie (42nd St) and Sonya (Godspell)
As the newest member of the Occasion Singers, Shonna is thrilled to be able to perform with such a talented group who continuously strives for excellence. “I’ve been missing this sound for so long now, it’s not as though I am new- I’ve finally come home.”

     Rui Moniz, bass

In the past fifteen years, Rui has contributed to the parish of St. John the Baptist Church of New Bedford as the English Ministry Director, cantor, and directors of the English Choir, Portuguese Choir, and Children’s Choir.  In addition to the Catholic mass, he has also assisted in Episcopal and non-denominational ceremonies.  Having the background in liturgy preparation, Rui believes that music is not only an aesthetic addition to, but also a distinguished personal impression on a ceremony or event.

Pamela Breton, Alto

Pam holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing, but has been singing since she was old enough to hold a microphone and sing into a cassette recorder. She had the rare opportunity to perform on a cruise ship while on a family vacation in 2010. She recently  participated in the annual Christmas Cantata at The First Congregational Church in Marion, Ma. Pam and her husband reside in Fairhaven, MA

Eric Bosworth, tenor/bass

Eric Bosworth has been singing ever since he could talk.  Majoring in Music at Providence College, he has always been in at least one musical group his entire life.  He currently lives in Somerset with his wife and new son,  and teaches at New Bedford High School.

 

 

Chris Saulnier 2Christopher Saulnier, tenor

Chris is a graduate of Providence College where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Music with a minor in Theater Arts. Since graduating, he has performed throughout New England as a member of four a cappella groups: Word of Mouth, Fall Se7en, Save Webster, and AKA Pelican Groove, with whom he opened for such musical greats as Chaka Khan, Nile Rogers and Chic, the Sugar Hill Gang, and Lee Greenwood, sang the National Anthem at Fenway Park, and performed at the Hardwood Cafe in Marion, MA.  Chris was also the musical director for the musical “Evita” with both the Falmouth Theatre Guild and the Little Theatre of Fall River.  He is currently an 8th grade science teacher at Ford Middle School in Acushnet and a proud member of the Acushnet Lions Club and George H. Tabor Masonic Lodge.

Caroline Sargent Blais, soprano/alto

Caroline graduated from The University of Tulsa in Oklahoma with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education with a vocal emphasis.  Caroline has a private studio in her home in New Bedford where she has been teaching voice and beginning piano lessons for over 10 years.  She has also taught music in the public schools in both Westwood and Fairhaven.  She is a cantor at St. Anthony of Padua in New Bedford, St. Bernadette’s in Fall River, and a section leader for the choir at Grace Episcopal Church New Bedford.  She has assisted in leadership roles for many different denominations, including volunteering her time as Grace Church’s church school director.  When Caroline is not teaching, singing, or volunteering, she likes to spend her time with her husband and three children.

Jillian Zucco, soprano

Jillian is a 21 year-old in the Honors Nursing Program at UMass Dartmouth where she is using her Abigail Adams Scholarship and Chancellor’s Merit Scholarship.  She is a licensed EMT and works as a personal care attendant through the CerebralPalsy of Massachusetts Organization, an elementary school drama club director, and a choreographer.  Jillian has been singing for most of her life and is a competitive dancer. She is a two-time recipient of the Outstanding Musicianship Award from the International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE). She earned many Elite Gold and Platinum awards at regional and national dance competitions and was named the Dance Ovations National Dance Champion in the Teen Lyrical Solo Division.  She has been active in local, regional, and professional theatre since age 8. Jillian has been involved with Showstoppers, a community service singing troupe, for ten years and has recently assumed a leadership role with her mother, the director/founder. Jillian was a member of a four-girl pop band that performed for the president, toured the Northeast, and opened up for many famous artists including Jessie J, James Taylor, Sean Kingston, and The Script, and sang with the Boston Pops. Jillian was crowned Miss Fall River 2013 this November and will compete in June for the title of Miss Massachusetts, a preliminary to the Miss America Organization, for which her platform is “Choose a Cause, Make a Difference” to spread the spirit of volunteerism.  She averages about 500 hours of community service per year and has received the Presidential Volunteer Service Award at the Gold level, the Prudential Spirit of Community Distinguished State Finalist Award, and an award for “Meritorious and Distinguished” Honor by Veterans of Foreign Wars. Jillian aspires to be a Medical Flight Nurse and an Emergency Room nurse. She would like to thank her wonderful, huge family for all their love and support.

Michael Moniz, bass

Michael has been involved with music starting in early elementary school and has been connected to the music world ever since.  Like his brother Rui Moniz, Michael was also a contributor to the parish of St. John the Baptist Church of New Bedford as the English Ministry Director building a Young Adult Choir which was previously nonexistent. He was also deeply involved in building and running the Youth Ministry for the church in which young adults could share in their spirituality and obtain lifelong friendships.  He studied Business at U-Mass Dartmouth and is currently a General Manager for BJ’s Wholesale Club.  He was married in 2005 and is the father of twin boys (Oct. 2008), then father again to another baby boy (Oct. 2009). Although life can provide a full schedule, Michael cannot stay away from making beautiful music and is looking forward to doing so as a new member of the Occasion Singers (member since Fall of 2012).

Cassandra Morgan, director

Cassandra Morgan has been a music educator in Connecticut and Massachusetts for 32 years.  She retired from the Belmont Public School system in 2007 and currently resides in Mattapoisett, Massachusetts.  During her thirty years teaching music in public schools, Cassandra taught both instrumental and vocal music in Killingly, Connecticut and Bourne, New Bedford, and Belmont, Massachusetts.  She has been awarded the Lowell Mason Award for Excellence in Music Education, the Distinguished Service Award from Massachusetts Music Educators Association for her 25 years of service to the state of Massachusetts, and was a semi-finalist for the 1997 Massachusetts Teacher of the Year.  Cassandra has served on the American Choral Directors Association Board as a Repetoire and Standards Chairperson for both High School Repertoire and Jazz Choirs as well as the Massachusetts Instrumental and Vocal Association Board as co-chairman for Choral Festivals throughout the state.  She has been a guest clinician, adjudicator, and conductor of District and State Festivals for Rhode Island, New Hampshire,  Maine, and Massachusetts.  Cassandra is the founder of the Tri-County Choral Festival and the initiator of the first All-State Jazz Choir sponsored by the ACDA.  She is presently the organist and choir director at The First Congregational Church of Marion.

 

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