Music 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).

 

FORMER CONDUCTORS

Assistant Conductor: Adam Wills Begley

Adam Willls Begley - Assistant Conductor

A native of Traverse City, Michigan, Adam Wills Begley is currently pursuing a M.M. in choral conducting at the University of Michigan, where he studies with Jerry Blackstone. In addition to his work with the Men's Glee Club, Adam is co-conductor of the Orpheus Singers and Director of Music at West Side United Methodist Church. Last summer, Adam was a conducting fellow at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival.

Prior to his studies at the University of Michigan, Adam earned a B.A. in Music with distinction at Yale University, where he served as the undergraduate conductor of the Yale Glee Club and musical director of the vocal jazz group Redhot & Blue. As assistant conductor of the Yale Whiffenpoofs, the nation's oldest collegiate a cappella group, Adam led performances in over twenty-six countries and on five continents.

Active as an educator with musicians of all levels, Adam has served on the conducting faculties of the Elm City Girls' Choir and the Watermusic Chamber Singers. Recent musical theater engagements include productions of Sweeney Todd and Cabaret with the Yale Dramatic Association.

Adam's teachers include Jeffrey Douma, Marguerite Brooks, and Simon Carrington.

 

FORMER ASSISTANT CONDUCTORS

Accompanist: John Boonenberg

Accompanist: John Boonenberg

John Boonenberg is a highly versatile, prize-winning pianist who has performed both nationally and internationally to great acclaim. His awards include the Grand Prize at the 2001 International Bartok-Kabalevsky-Prokofiev Piano Competition, 1st prize in the 2000 Piano Arts National Concerto Competition, 1st prize in the 2007 Poland International Music Festival Piano Competition, as well as awards in numerous MTNA and MMTA competitions. He has appeared in solo recital and as concerto soloist in Germany, Poland, Puerto Rico, Czech Republic, Italy, and across the US. He has participated in festivals including the Internationale Konzertarbeitswochen in Goslar, Germany, the Prague International Piano Masterclasses in the Czech Republic, the Poland International Music Festival in Naleczow, Poland, the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and the Amalfi Coast Music and Arts Festival. Besides an active solo performing schedule, Dr. Boonenberg is also active as a conductor, coach, and clinician. He has conducted much of the Bach cantata repertoire, and has coached opera and art song at several music festivals. Dr. Boonenberg holds degrees from The Juilliard School and the University of Michigan. His principal teachers include Logan Skelton, Robert McDonald and Mary Siciliano. He currently holds the positions of Director of Music at Guardian Lutheran Church and Director of Choirs and Bands at Lutheran High School Westland, both in Michigan.

FORMER ACCOMPANISTS