Bruce Rogers

Bruce Rogers

Professor Bruce Rogers is the Director of Choral Activities at Mt. San Antonio College, a position he assumed in 1994. In this role, he oversees the department's various vocal and choral programs, which span the entire spectrum of music from classical to jazz. He personally directs Mt. San Antonio College's award-winning Chamber Singers and the elite vocal jazz ensemble, Singcopation.

Choirs under his direction have won numerous awards and first place honors throughout the United States and Europe. Mr. Rogers' choirs have had the honor of performing at five California State Conventions, seven American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) Regional and National Conventions as well as performing at three International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE) National Conventions. They have achieved top ranking in national and international competitions throughout the world, including performances in Concert Halls throughout the United States, Canada, Scotland, Wales, England, France, Italy, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Bulgaria and the Czech Republic.

In the year 2001, Mr. Rogers became the first choral director in United States history to have two different choirs perform at both the IAJE National Convention and the ACDA National Convention, and he achieved this special honor once again in 2005 when his Chamber Singers performed at the ACDA National Convention in Los Angeles, California and his vocal jazz group Singcopation performed at the IAJE National Convention in Long Beach, California.

Mr. Rogers' most recent European guest conducting venture was an invitation to conduct at the AMIS International Honor Band and Choral Festival hosted by the International School at The Hague, in the Netherlands. He has guest conducted the New York Chamber Orchestra and Festival Chorus at Carnegie Hall on three different occasions and has performed by special invitation at Lincoln Center. In 2007, Professor Rogers was invited to conduct the ACDA National Two-Year College Honor Choir at the ACDA National Convention in Miami and the MENC Northwest Jazz Honor Choir in Portland. Mr. Rogers has presented lectures, adjudicated, or conducted All-State and Collegiate Honor Choirs in Florida, Wyoming, New York, Nevada, California, Hawaii, Georgia, Washington, Oregon, Arkansas, Colorado, Arizona, Michigan, Texas, Minnesota, Idaho, Missouri, Virginia and Canada. This year he has been invited to guest conduct the Arizona All-State Mixed Honor Choir, the Clark County Vocal Jazz Honor Choir in Las Vegas, conduct and present lectures at the ACCET Choral Conductor's Workshop in Melbourne, Australia, guest conduct the music of Franz Joseph Haydn in Vienna and Budapest with a professional orchestra from Bulgaria and he has also been invited back for a fourth time to conduct at Carnegie Hall.

During the summer of 2007, his Mt. SAC Chamber Singers were awarded the first place prize at the International Competition For Choirs in Spittal an der Drau, Austria and then traveled to Llangollen, Wales where they were awarded the title of Choir of the World by winning the prestigious Pavarotti Trophy at the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod Competition. The Chamber Singers, under the direction of Professor Rogers, received a total of four first place awards while competing at the Eisteddfod competition, a feat never before accomplished by any choir in the competition's sixty-one year history. In 2003, Mr. Rogers was awarded the prestigious Best Conductor prize at the International Grand Prix Choral Competition held in Varna, Bulgaria and his Chamber Singers received numerous first place awards, including the title of Grand Prix Champions. Last year, his vocal jazz group Singcopation won a special performance award from Downbeat Magazine and in 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005 & 2006 Downbeat Magazine honored them with the title of the best college vocal jazz choir in the United States. For his many achievements, Mt. SAC presented Professor Rogers with its prestigious Faculty Member of the Year award and he has recently signed with Gentry Music to publish the Bruce Rogers Choral Series.

Educationally, Mr. Rogers earned a bachelor's degree in music education from the University of Connecticut, a master's degree in choral conducting at Claremont Graduate University, and has undertaken doctoral studies at the University of Southern California.

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