Director: Eugene Rogers

Eugene Rogers

Recognized as a leading conductor, pedagogue, and lecturer, Dr. Eugene Rogers has appeared throughout the United States as well as in Africa, Canada, Singapore, England, Portugal, Hong Kong, Mexico and Italy. Recently, Rogers served as a panelist for the National Endowment of the Arts and a featured conductor and lecturer for Singapore's Ministry Branch of Education Inaugural World Youth Choir Festival. 

Dr. Rogers is currently Associate Director of Choirs at the University of Michigan where he teaches undergraduate conducting, conducts the Men's Glee Club and 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 (St. Paul, Minnesota), the Boys Choir of Harlem, Waubonsie Valley High School (Aurora, Illinois), and Anima Young Singers of Greater Chicago (formerly the Glen Ellyn Children's Choir). Last May, he co-managed the production of the joint CD “Ye Shall Have a Song” with the Michigan, Yale and Harvard Glee Clubs, a collaboration celebrating America’s three oldest collegiate choirs.

Notable 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 (Banff, Canada); the Tlaxcala Mexico Second International Festival of Chamber Choirs, the Oklahoma State University Choral Festival (Stillwater, Oklahoma); the Florida ACDA High School Mixed Honor Choir; the OAKE (Organization of American Kodály Educators) National Youth 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; the ACDA North Central Division Middle School Honor Choir; Chorus America 2011 San Francisco Conference; 2012 Oregon All-State Mixed Choir; and the Vocalizze Youth Program in Lisbon.  His upcoming engagements include the 2015 Colorado All-State, 2015 Mennonite National Honor Choir, 2015 International Schools Mixed Honor Choir in Luxembourg, Choirs of America Festival in New York and the Lisbon Summer Festival in Portugal.

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.  He recently traveled to and studied the choral traditions of East Africa (Tanzania) and subsequently 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, Rogers is co-artistic director of Portugal's Lisbon Summer Choral Festival and, in 2010 and 2011, was 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, and the American Composers Forum, where he functions as editor for the ChoralQuest series. 

Rogers holds the Bachelor of Arts degree in choral music education from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and the Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in choral conducting from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor).



Accompanist: David Gilliland

David Gilliland is a highly regarded interpreter of wind and brass literature, and has
performed with leading artists such as Joseph Alessi, Marianne Gedigian, Carol Jantsch
and Paula Robison. In 2005 he joined the University of Michigan Wind Department 
as a collaborative pianist, and for the last four years has also been the accompanist for 
the University of Michigan Men's Glee Club, being prominently featured in the latter 
ensemble’s tours to Cuba (2011) and China (2012) and the East Coast (2013). David 
received his Doctorate in Collaborative Piano from the University of Minnesota where 
he studied with Margo Garrett and Karl Paulnack; his Master's in Accompanying and 
Chamber Music is from the Eastman School of Music, where he worked with Jean Barr.

Previously, David has served as the Director of Accompanying at Albion College, and 
was the Collaborative Piano Coordinator for the Interlochen Summer Arts Camp for six 
years. He has been affiliated with both the Anatomy of Sound Workshop and Sphinx 
Competition, and is a founding member of the Aurea Silva Trio. His recording of the 
complete wind compositions of Henri Dutilleux along with members of the University of 
Michigan Music Faculty can be found on Block-M records.