Executive Board

2014 - 2015 Executive Board


UMMGC Executive Board 2014-15

Patrick Pjesky - President

Patrick Pjesky - President

Patrick Pjesky is a senior in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Classical Studies with a minor in Political Science. Originally from the City of St. Joseph on the southernmost shores of Lake Michigan, Patrick has taken a strong fondness for Ann Arbor and her chimes. Patrick is thrilled to be working with an exceptional executive board as the Glee Club prepares for its participation in the National Conference of the American Choral Directors' Association, Spring tour of the US Heartland, and the University of Michigan's Bicentennial Celebrations. Outside of the Glee Club, Patrick enjoys good music, literature, discussion, and reveling in the joy of camaraderie.



Dominic Rizzolo - Vice President

Domenic Rizzolo - Vice President

Domenic is a Senior concentrating in Mathematics, and is honored to serve as Vice President in his first year on the Executive Board. With a focus on inclusivity, he hopes to extend Glee Club leadership beyond rehearsals and include more input from club members in decisions on all levels.

Dan Oliver Walden - Parliamentarian

Dan Oliver Walden - Parliamentarian

Dan is a third-year graduate student in the department of Classical Studies, working on Latin linguistics and Indo-European philology. He hopes to be a resource for Club members who want to know more about the Club's internal workings, and to be a welcoming face for the new members. In his free time, he likes to read, run, and go to the theatre.




Karthic Epker - Alumni Relations Manager

Kar Epker - Alumni Relations Manager

Kar Epker is a senior concentrating in Computer Science and Math, and is excited to serve on the executive board as the Alumni Relations Manager. Kar's passion for the organization of information has prompted him to take on projects like ensuring that the Glee Club has the most up to date information to contact its alumni and patrons, and facilitating alumni connections to Glee Club through technology. Outside of Glee Club, Kar enjoys playing intramural sports almost as much as he likes writing quality code.



 Ryan Carrell - Operations Manager


Ryan Carrell - Operations Manager

Ryan Carrell is a rising junior in the College of Engineering, studying Computer Science. Though raised in Kildeer, IL, he has found a second home in Ann Arbor. He is both honored and enthused to oversee Glee Club logistics as Operations Manager. It is his mission to further both camaraderie and leadership opportunities for his fellow clubbers, as well as minimize operational expenses. When not studying or singing, he can be found indulging in visual arts, novels, and friendship.






Ryan Tarpey - Business Manager

Ryan Tarpey - Business Manager

Ryan Tarpey is a junior in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts with Pharmacy interests. Originally from Glenview, Illinois, Ryan has made Ann Arbor his new home. He hopes to bring accessibility to all members of the Glee Club through his work on the Executive Board. Outside of Glee Club, Ryan cheers on his Chicago Cubs and enjoys relaxing with friends and family.

 Joseph Kiessling - Assistant Business Manager

Joseph Kiessling - Assistant Business Manager

Joseph Kiessling is a sophomore studying business administration, and is excited to serve the Glee Club as Assistant Business Manager. Joseph is committed to transparency and communication within the club, and looks forward to promoting future opportunities for all members. Originally from Traverse City, Michigan, Joseph enjoys sharing the stage at Hill Auditorium with his twin brother, Patrick, who is also a member of the Glee Club.



 Kyle Walenta - Publicity Manager

Kyle Walenta - Publicity Manager

Kyle Walenta is a junior in the School of Kinesiology concentrating in Movement Science. Raised in Hudsonville, MI he is now eager and excited to raise awareness about UMMGC in his 2nd home, Ann Arbor and serve the entire club. With several outstanding performances throughout this year ranging from the National ACDA Conference, to our Heartland tour, to our cherished Hill Auditorium he looks forward to working with his diligent publicity team to then perform for large, charismatic audiences. Outside of Glee club, you can often find Kyle playing intramural sports, expanding his knowledge about the human body, attending football games, or enjoying quality time with his friends and family.



Eugene Rogers

Eugene Rogers - Director

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).