Associate Director of Choirs at the University of Michigan, USA
Artistic Co-Director and adjudicator
Dr. Eugene Rogers is the Associate Director of Choirs at the University of Michigan, where he teaches undergraduate conducting, conducts the Men's Glee Club, the University Choir and is the Faculty Director of the MPulse Vocal Arts Institute (a national high school summer program). His past appointments include Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota, the Boys Choir of Harlem, Waubonsie Valley High School in Aurora, Illinois, and Anima Young Singers of Greater Chicago (formerly the Glen Ellyn Children's Choir). At Macalester College, where he served as Director of Choral Activities, Rogers commissioned and premiered numerous new works and began the Songs of the Earth (World Music) Concert Series.
Professor Rogers has appeared as guest conductor, adjudicator and lecturer in throughout the United States as well as Africa, Canada, Singapore, England, Portugal, Hong Kong and Italy. Recently, Rogers served as a panelist for the National Endowment of the Arts and was one of three featured conductors and lecturers for Singapore's Ministry Branch of Education Inaugural World Youth Choir Festival. His guest appearances include: the Lisbon Summerfest Chamber Choir and Festival Chorus, VocalEssence and the Minnesota Public Radio Harmony in the Park, the British Columbia Music Education Association Honor Choir, the NAfME All-Northwest High School Mixed Choir, Westminster Chamber Choir, Florence, Italy and Princeton, New Jersey; Choral Music Experience, London, England; the 2007 and 2013 Interscholastic Association of Southeast Asia High Schools Biennial Music Festival, Singapore; the Rocky Mountains National Music Festival in Bannf, Canada, the Oklahoma State University Choral Festival, Stillwater, Oklahoma; the Florida ACDA High School Mixed Honor Choir, the Salem, Oregon All-City Honor Choir; the Virginia Music Educators Association District X SATB High School Festival Chorus; the Alabama Middle School All-State Choir; the Illinois ACDA Summer Conference; and the American Choral Directors Association North Central Division Middle School Honor Choir, Chorus America 2011 San Francisco Conference, 2012 Oregon All-State Mixed Choir, Vocalizze Youth Program in Lisbon. Upcoming engagements include: University of Houston’s ManChoir Festival, the Tlaxcala, Mexico 2nd International Festival of Chamber Choirs
As a singer, Rogers has performed with the World Youth Choir, The Portland Symphonic Choir, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Chorale and the May Festival Chorus in Cincinnati, Ohio. Recently, he traveled to and studied the choral traditions of East Africa (Tanzania), and published three editions of Tanzanian Choral Music under the Hal Leonard World Music Series.
In addition to his duties as a conductor, teacher and singer, Dr. Rogers is Co- Artistic Director of the Lisbon Choral Festival and was in 2010 and 2011 the Artistic Director of the Disneyland Hong Kong Winter Choral Festival. He currently serves on the boards of the Michigan American Choral Directors Association (College and University R & S Chair), the National Collegiate Choral Organization, the Imuka Singers, and the American Composers Forum, where he functions as editor for the ChoralQuest series.
Rogers completed his undergraduate degree in Choral Music Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor).