Michelle Hawkins (www.michellehawkins.com
) is an award-winning choral director, arranger, vocalist, and flutist. As Associate Professor of Music at Skyline College
(San Bruno, CA), she directs the Oceana Concert Choir and highly acclaimed vocal jazz ensemble Soundscape. She serves on the faculty of the Stanford Jazz Workshop
(Palo Alto, CA) where she received the 2017 Outstanding Music Educator Award. Michelle recently premiered an original composition for choir and steel drum orchestra at San Jacinto College (Houston, TX) called “Through the Soil.” Her groups have won four Downbeat Music Awards for “Best Vocal Jazz Group” and have placed 1st at the Reno Jazz Festival and 2nd at the Monterey Next Generation Festival. Soundscape recently completed a performance tour to New York City (Apollo Theater and Carnegie Hall), and they have been selected to perform a concert session at the 2018 Western Division Conference of the American Choral Directors Association in Pasadena, CA.
Originally trained as a classical flutist, Michelle is an acclaimed jazz vocalist performing at clubs with top jazz musicians in the San Francisco Bay Area. She arranges for, and sings lead soprano in several professional groups including Sing Theory, Moodswing, and +4db, all who have won First Place at the Bay Area Harmony Sweepstakes Competition (San Francisco, CA). She has toured extensively throughout the US and Japan.
Michelle is an active choral clinician and adjudicator, serves as the Jazz Choir Repertoire & Resources Chair for the California Choral Directors Association, and holds degrees from the University of Southern California (MM in Jazz Studies) and UC Berkeley (BA in Music).