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, China, Singapore, England, Portugal, Hong Kong, Luxembourg,  Mexico, Spain and Italy. Recently, Rogers conducted the University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club in Salt Lake City, Utah at the National Convention of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA).  In December 2014, the Naxos recording of Milhaud's monumental L'Orestie d'Eschyle, on which Rogers served as a chorus master, was nominated for a 2015 GRAMMY® Award ("Best Opera Recording").

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).  In 2013, Rogers 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 Ministry Branch of Education Inaugural World Youth Choir Festival (Singapore); the Lisbon Summerfest Chamber Choir and Festival Chorus; VocalEssence and the Minnesota Public Radio Harmony in the Park; the Association for Music in International Schools (AMIS) High School Mixed Honor Choir (Luxembourg), 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 Interscholastic  Association of Southeast Asia High Schools Biennial Music Festival (Singapore); the Colorado All-State Choir;  the Oregon All-State Mixed Choir, the Tlaxcala Mexico Second International Festival of Chamber Choirs; Choirs of America Festival (New York); 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 Alabama Middle School All-State Choir; Chorus America San Francisco Conference; the Illinois ACDA Summer Conference; the ACDA North Central Division Middle School Honor Choir; and the Vocalizze Youth Program in Lisbon.  2015-16 appearances include guest- conducting and conference presentations in Madrid, Portugal, Florida, Minnesota, California, Texas, British Columbia and Michigan.

In 2015, Mark Foster Publishing began the Eugene Rogers Choral Series, a series featuring emerging composers  who specialize in contemporary classical and folk music traditions.   In 2011, Rogers traveled to and studied the choral traditions of East Africa (Tanzania) and subsequently published editions of Tanzanian choral music under the Hal Leonard World Music Series. 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.

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 has served as a panelist for the National Endowment of the Arts and currently serves on the boards of the Central Division American Choral Directors Association (Male Chorus R&S Chair), the National Collegiate Choral Organization, and is the ChoralQuest series editor for the American Composers Forum.

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).


Assistant Conductor: Matthew Abernathy

Matthew Abernathy - Assistant Conductor

Conductor Matthew Abernathy is currently a graduate student in conducting at the University of Michigan. He has served as Assistant Conductor/Chorus Master at Arbor Opera Theater, Chorus Master for the award-winning Crane Opera Ensemble, Assistant Chorus Master for the UMS Choral Union and their performance of Puccini’s Tosca with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Assistant Conductor of the Residential College Singers, Co-Conductor of University of Michigan Orpheus Singers, and Assistant Conductor of Crane Chorus and Concert Choir at The Crane School of Music.

Matthew has been a conducting fellow at the CONDUCTING 21C course through the Yale International Choral Festival, Conducting Participant at the Wintergreen Summer Music Festival, Conducting Fellow at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Conducting Apprentice at Berkshire Choral International, and has appeared in master classes at the ACDA Eastern Conference (2014), and the NYSSMA Conference (2013).

His major teachers include Jerry Blackstone and Eugene Rogers, with additional study from Duain Wolfe and Kenneth Kiesler.  Matthew has prepared choruses for Leonard Slatkin, Christof Perick, Larry Rachleff, Warren Puffer Jones, Kenneth Kiesler, and Jerry Blackstone. 


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.