Stephen Joseph BURKE
Stephen has written 13 plays and musicals which have been successfully produced, including And the Darkness Comprehended It Not, which he was commissioned to write for the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible conference in Washington DC. Among the 20 plays and musicals Stephen has directed are To This End of Heaven, The Miracle Worker, and Our Town. Stephen holds bachelor's and masters degrees in performance, and an MFA in Dramatics from Pensacola Christian College where he taught performance classes and served as the Coordinator of Productions for six years. He has also acted professionally on the stage, in film and on television.
David has served as accompanist and/or répétiteur for multiple opera companies, including Opera Bel Cantanti: Suor Angelica (2016), Die Fledermaus (2013), and Carmen (2012), Charottsville Opera (formerly Ash Lawn Opera): Amahl and the Night Visitors (2012), and the Mittelsächsiches Theater in Freiberg/Döbeln, Germany. There, David was an accompanist/coach for Die Zauberflöte, Tchaikovsky’s Der Jungfrau von Orleans, Suor Angelica, and Die Zigeunerbaron. His 2015 concert of Mozart arias and ensembles with the Mittelsächsiches Philharmonie represented his European conducting debut.
David serves as the Opera Scenes director at Pensacola Christian College, where his most recent productions have been L’enfant prodigue (2017), La Bohème (2017), Ruddigore, (2016), and The Elixir of Love (2013). David Has appeared as a young artist in the 2010 Staunton Music Festival Spring Fest and in May, 2018 at the Blair School of Music, Vanderbilt University in the Roger Vignoles Mentorship for Vocal Coaches. In addition to his opera experience, he has published numerous compositions and arrangements. He holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in piano performance and, in 2013, completed his Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in piano performance, pedagogy, and literature. David now serves on the music faculty at Louisiana College.
Casper ten Boom
Raymond Gibbs was born in 1942 in Tucson Arizona. He attended San Diego State University and received a Bachelor of Arts in Voice Performance. He received a full scholarship at Manhattan School of Music to pursue a Masters Degree in Opera Theater. During his first semester in New York he made his NY singing debut at Carnegie Hall with the American Opera Society in Donezetti’s Opera “Anna Bolena ”.
Soon after his graduation from MSM, Dr. Gibbs made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera
(1970). During his 11 years with the Met, he sang many leading tenor roles, including Rodolpho in “La Boheme”, Pinkerton in “Madam Butterfly”, Pelleas in “Pelleas et Melisande” and Rinuccio in a new production of “Gianni Schicchi”. Dr. Gibbs had an 18 year opera career in which he sang leading roles in many opera companies all over the United States and Europe.. He also performed in several musicals around this country.
In 1978, Dr. Gibbs was offered a “Distinguished Professorship” at Memphis State University. While in Memphis,in 1980, he accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior and 3 years later, he and his wife, Ann, left professional opera and began traveling to churches singing for the glory of God. In 1991 they accepted positions as “Artists in Residence” at Pensacola Christian College where they taught for 18 years. During his time at PCC, Dr. Gibbs directed 25 productions including plays, musicals and operas. In the years since their retirement from PCC, the Gibbs’ resumed their traveling singing ministry, performing in Churches around the country.
He also uses his knowledge and experience to inspire a new generation of singers to use their talents for Christ. Learn more at
Corrie ten Boom
Alisha has performed in over twenty stage productions, including Our Town (Emily), Ruddigore (Mad Margaret), The Elixir of Love (Gianetta), and A Consuming Fire (Elisabeth Elliot) .
Alisha has Bachelor degrees in Speech and Vocal Performance and a Master's degree in Interpretive Speech. She spent four years studying voice under Ray Gibbs, formerly of the Metropolitan Opera in New York City.
Alisha's first church solo was at the age of four, since then she has continued to sing in church, recently as a featured soloist in one of the largest churches in the Southeast. Her voice is known around the world on Radio and Television.
She has performed recitals in the Southern US and Southeast Asia.
Betsie ten Boom
Recent operatic roles in the U.S. include the title role in Puccini’s Suor Angelica with Bel Cantanti Opera, Mimì in Puccini’s La bohème, Adina in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore, Micaela in Bizet’s Carmen, Principal Female Soloist in the New York City premier of Jeremy Beck’s award winning opera, Review, The Countess in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, and Young Psyche, a role written for her, in Larry Taylor’s contemporary opera, Eros and Psyche.
Abroad, Leah sang the roles of Erste Dame in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Dido in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, and Angelica in Puccini’s Suor Angelica with the Mittelsächsisches Opera Theater in Freiberg, Germany. Leah has also appeared as a guest soloist on numerous occasions for the Mittelsächsisches Opera Theater , the Landesbühnen Sachsen Theater in Dresden, and the Zwichau-Plauen Opera Theater in Zwickau, Germany. She received an M.M. in Voice Performance from James Madison University and a B.A. and M.A. in Voice Performance from Pensacola Christian College.
Rebekah, from Chattanooga, Tennessee found a love for theatre in middle school through summer theatre camps, then started doing musicals in high school. She has performed the roles of Maria in "The Sound of music" and Lizzie in "The Rainmaker". Rebekah has performed "The Hiding Place" with Shining Light Players 4 times now, playing the roles of Betsie and Mien. In 2018 Rebekah earned her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Performance from Bob Jones University. She wants to use her craft as a way to love Jesus and people - through telling stories that inspire and provoke change.
Award winning soprano Ann Perkins Gibbs made her Professional Operatic Debut with the Opera Theater of St. Louis as Emmie in Benjamin Britten’s “Albert Herring”, a production which was subsequently telecast by NET/BBC throughout England and the United States. She has sung leading roles with the Houston Grand Opera, Albuquerque Opera, Baltimore Opera, Opera Theater of St. Louis, and The Santa Fe Opera. She had the opportunity to sing as an apprentice in the Santa Fe Opera for three summers. She was named “Outstanding Apprentice” in her first year with the Santa Fe Opera. It was in her second year as in Santa Fe when she was introduced to Metropolitan Opera tenor, Ray Gibbs, who later became her husband, and with whom she has sung the roles of Micaela in Carmen at the Albuquerque Opera Theater and Constance in The Dialogues of the Carmelites at the Baltimore Opera.
Ann rededicated her life to Christ and Ray was saved in 1980. In 1982 the Lord took them out of opera and put them into a traveling ministry, singing and striving to bring glory to God in churches all over America and in some foreign countries. Ann also served on voice faculty at Pensacola Christian College for 18 years.