2015 COA Nationals for ALL Choirs | Faculty
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).
Josephine Lee has served as artistic director of the Chicago Children’s Choir since 1999, and was appointed president in 2010. Through her vision and leadership, the Choir has become a civic treasure and cultural icon. Ms. Lee has solidified longstanding partnerships with Chicago’s renowned arts institutions, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera, and Ravinia Festival, and has expanded the Choir’s artistic breadth through celebrated collaborations with the finest theater and dance organizations.
In 2002, Chorus America named Ms. Lee the first Robert Shaw Conducting Fellow. In 2006, the Chicago Tribune named her a “Chicagoan of the Year in the Arts,” and in 2007, the Union League Club of Chicago honored her as a Distinguished Musician. In 2011, Ms. Lee was invited to serve on Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Arts & Culture Transition Committee. In 2004, she participated in the recording of Bobby McFerrin’s Grammy nominated album VOCAbuLarieS, and recently conducted the premiere of VOCAbuLarieS with the Chicago Children’s Choir at the Ravinia Festival and in Finland and Latvia. In 2012, Ms. Lee composed a new work for River North Dance Chicago, which premiered on national television. Recently, the world musical, Sita Ram, a collaborative work between Ms. Lee, David Kersnar of Lookingglass Theatre, and Krithika Rajagopalan of Natya Dance Theatre, based on the Hindu epic the Ramayana, enjoyed critical acclaim at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance. Following the success of the production, Ms. Lee and select singers from the Voice of Chicago made their inaugural visit to India for a 10-day international tour.
Ms. Lee received a bachelor’s degree in piano performance from DePaul University and a master’s degree in conducting from Northwestern University. Last summer, she received the Roman Nomitch Fellowship to attend the Harvard Business School’s Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management, a program that provides opportunities for senior executives to examine their missions and develop strategies for the new global economy.
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.