Eugene C. Rogers
Dr. Eugene Rogers is the Director of Choral Activities at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he conducts the Macalester Concert Choir, the Highland Camerata and Festival Chorale. Dr. Rogers received his Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and his Bachelor of Science in Music Education degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Dr. Rogers is a passionate conductor and teacher whose spirited performances frequently include a wide variety of musical styles and genres. He has extensive experience working with choirs of all ages and levels of ability. Some of his past appointments include the Boys Choir of Harlem, the University of Michigan, Waubonsie Valley High School in Aurora, Illinois, and Anima Young Singers of Greater Chicago (formerly the Glen Ellyn Children's Choir). As a result of his teaching and ground-breaking achievements as founder and director of Waubonsie Valley High School's first multi-cultural ensemble, the Unity Chorus, Dr. Rogers was named "Most Influential Educator" in 2000 and 2001.
Professor Rogers has appeared as guest conductor, adjudicator and lecturer in over fifteen states as well as Canada, Singapore, England, Portugal and Italy. Recently, he was one of three featured conductors and lecturers for Singapore's Ministry Branch of Education Inaugural World Youth Choir Festival for Secondary and Junior College students and directors. His guest appearances include: the 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 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. 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. This past June (2010), he traveled and studied the choral traditions of East Africa (Tanzania), and recently published three edtions of Tanzanian Choral Music under the Hal Leonard World Music Series.
In addition to his duties as a conductor and teacher, Dr. Rogers serves on the board of the American Composers Forum, Early Music America, IMUKA, LLC and is the Artistic Director of the Disneyland Hong Kong Winter Choral Festival.