Musical Direction


Eugene Rogers

A  two-time Michigan Emmy Award winner, a 2017 Sphinx Medal of Excellence recipient, and a 2015 GRAMMY® Award nominee, Eugene Rogers is recognized as a leading conductor and pedagogue throughout the United States and abroad.  In addition to being the founding director of EXIGENCE, Dr. Rogers is the associate professor of conducting and the associate director of choirs at the University of Michigan, where he will assume the director of choirs position in July 2018. His choirs have toured throughout China, South Africa and the United States and have appeared at national and regional conferences. In December 2017, Musical America named Rogers one of the top 30 "Movers and Shapers" Professionals in North America. 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 State Choir of Latvia, 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).  His 2017-2018 appearances include British Columbia, Madrid, Portugal, California, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Washington, 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.

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 U-M. He currently serves on the board of Chorus America and as the National Chair of Diversity Initiatives for the American Choral Directors Association.  


Jabarie Glass

Jabarie Glass is a doctoral student in choral conducting in the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, and Dance, where he serves as assistant conductor of the University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club and co-conductor of the Orpheus Singers. He is a graduate of the University of Mississippi, holding the BME in Choral Music Education, and the Florida State University College of Music, holding the MME in Choral Music Education. During his undergraduate studies, he was named the University of Mississippi Department of Music’s Undergraduate Choral Music Education Student of the Year and was inducted into the University of Mississippi’s Student Hall of Fame, a university-wide honor bestowed upon only ten seniors each year on the basis of leadership, scholarship, service, and potential for success after graduation.

Prior to coming to U-M, Glass taught middle school and high school choral music in Mississippi for nine years. Ensembles under his direction have received numerous honors and awards, including performances at both the American Choral Directors Association Southern Division Conference (2014) and the Mississippi-ACDA State Conference (2011). He served the latter organization most recently as the Repertoire & Resource Chair for Male Choirs and previously as the R&R Chair for Ethnic and Multicultural Perspectives. He is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, the National Association for Music Education, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.


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.