Director: Eugene Rogers

Eugene Rogers

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 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 Banff, 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, the Manitoba Choral Association Adult Provincial Honour Choir, and the OAKE (Organization of American Kodály Educators) National Youth Honor Choir.

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).


Assistant Conductor: Stephen Gusukuma

Stephen Gusukuma head shot

Mr. Gusukuma is in his second year pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral Conducting with Dr. Jerry Blackstone at the University of Michigan, and currently serves as Conductor of the Residential College Singers, Assistant Conductor of the University of Michigan Men's Glee Club, and teaches a course in conducting.  Prior to pursuing his Master’s degree at Baylor University, where he served as Assistant Conductor of the A Cappella Choir and Chamber Singers, Mr. Gusukuma spent three years teaching at McKinney Boyd High School in McKinney, TX, with director Melissa Logan.  While at the high school, he taught the freshmen women, varsity women, JV mixed choirs, and AP Music Theory.  In addition, the MBHS A Cappella choir was invited to perform at the 2010 Texas Music Educators Association Convention.

Mr. Gusukuma holds both a Bachelor of Music Education degree in Choral Music, summa cum laude, and a Master’s of Music degree in Conducting from Baylor University.  During time at Baylor he was awarded the Bennett Award for outstanding potential in music education, the Ken Howard Award for choral music education, and the ACDA National Student Award.  Mr. Gusukuma has studied conducting with Dr. Alan Raines, Professor Stephen Heyde, Dr. Eric Wilson, and Dr. Donald Bailey.  Mr. Gusukuma has studied voice with Dr. Daniel Scott and Dr. Robert Best.   Additionally, he has sung as a member of Schola Cantorum of Texas, and in choirs under the direction of Dr. Anton Armstrong.  Mr. Gusukuma is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Choral Directors Association, American Choral Directors Assocation, Chorus America, and Pi Kappa Lambda.


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.