2015 COA Nationals for Mixed Choirs | Faculty

Jo-Michael Scheibe

Jo-Michael Scheibe

Jo-Michael Scheibe chairs the Thornton School of Music’s Department of Choral and Sacred Music at the University of Southern California, where he conducts the USC Chamber Singers, teaches choral conducting and choral methods, and supervises the graduate and undergraduate choral program. In 2008, he assumed a new post as National President Elect of the American Choral Directors’ Association. Ensembles under his leadership have sung at six national ACDA conventions (1985, 1991, 1993, 1997, 2003, 2007), as well as two national conventions of the Music Educators National Conference (1996, 2000), and various regional and state conventions.

Scheibe’s artistic collaborations include choral performances with Luciano Pavarotti, José Carreras, Salvatore Licitra, Maria Guleghina and Kenny Loggins, as well as preparation of choruses for Sir Colin Davis and the London Symphony Orchestra, Franz Welser-Möst and the Cleveland Orchestra, Michael Tilson Thomas and the New World Symphony and conductors Jahja Ling, Edoardo Müller, James Judd, Max Valdez, Thomas Sanderling and Alain Lombard, among others. Recordings of ensembles under Scheibe’s direction have been released on the Albany, Cane, Naxos, Arsis and ANS labels.

Fall 2008 marked Scheibe’s return to USC after a 15-year tenure as director of Choral Studies at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music (1993-2008), as well as previous faculty appointments at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff (1985-1993), Long Beach City College (1978-1985), Vintage High School in Napa, California and Huntington Beach High School. Scheibe received his D.M.A. from the University of Southern California and his B.A. and M.M. degrees from California State University at Long Beach, where he was presented with the distinguished alumnus award.


Suzi Digby

Suzi Digby

Suzi Digby (Lady Eatwell) OBE graduated with honors in musicology from King’s College, London and studied piano, singing, conducting, arts administration and music education pedagogy. In 1990, she was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship and travelled worldwide to study methods of choral training and music education pedagogy as practiced by their leading exponents. This led, in 1993, to her creating The Voices Foundation, the UK’s leading National Primary Music Education Foundation. Over one million children and 60,000 teachers have received Voices Foundation training. Its pedagogical approach and methodology are world-renowned. She works as an Advisory Teacher in challenging schools (including for excluded children) UK wide. Voices Foundation is uniquely recognised in the UK’s 2011 Music Education Plan, along with its own National Sing Up.

Suzi has worked internationally with choirs for many years. She has been at the vanguard of the revival of singing in schools and the community in the UK over 18 years. She founded the award-winning “Coro” and “Voce”, widely acknowledged as among London’s best chamber choirs. She has conducted in the UK’s most prestigious venues, including the Royal Albert Hall, St John’s Smith Square, St James’s Piccadilly, the Royal College of Music and King’s Chapel, Cambridge. Suzi has conducted the London Mozart Players, Academy of Ancient Music, among other ensembles, and works regularly with members of the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

Suzi is on the Council of the Winston Churchilll Memorial Trust, chairing the arts categories. S he is President of the Incorporated Society of Musicians and was Acting Music Director of Queens’ College, Cambridge. Abroad, Suzi is Professor of the Practice of Music, Thornton School of Music, University of Southern California.

Amongst many TV appearances, she was a judge in BBC1′s hit show, Last Choir Standing, which has attracted over 10 million viewers.

In 2009, she received the Order of the British Empire from the Queen for outstanding services to music education.


Eugene Rogers

Eugene Rogers

Dr. Eugene Rogers is the associate director of choirs at the University of Michigan, where he teaches undergraduate conducting, conducts the Men’s Glee Club, 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 in St. Paul, Minnesota, the Boys Choir of Harlem, Waubonsie Valley High School in Aurora, Illinois, and Anima Young Singers of Greater Chicago (formerly the Glen Ellyn Children’s Choir).

Rogers has appeared as guest conductor, adjudicator, and lecturer throughout the United States as well as Africa, Canada, Singapore, England, Portugal, Hong Kong, and Italy.  Recently, Rogers served as a panelist for the National Endowment of the Arts and was one of three featured conductors and lecturers for Singapore’s Ministry Branch of Education Inaugural World Youth Choir Festival.  His 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 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; the American Choral Directors Association 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.

In addition to his duties as a conductor, teacher, and singer, Rogers is co- artistic director of Portugal’s Lisbon 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, the Imuka Singers, and the American Composers Forum, where he functions as editor for the ChoralQuest series.

Rogers completed his undergraduate degree in choral music education from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and his master of music and doctor of musical arts degrees from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor).

I am really excited about this organization and their philosophy of giving students quality performing opportunities that will stretch and challenge us to all be better singers, performers and musicians. They have created events in high quality venues for ensembles to perform and experience instruction from highly acclaimed clinicians and conductors from around the world.

Shawn Spiess, Rocklin High School Choir