Academic Degrees, Licenses, Credentials
D.M.A. in Choral Conducting, University of Arizona
M.M. in Choral Conducting, Brigham Young University
B.M. in Music Education: Secondary Choral Emphasis., Brigham Young University
Since the fall of 2015, Dr. Brent Rogers has served as Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Dickinson State University, where he conducts the DSU Chorale, DSU Chamber Singers, and Dickinson Choral Union. Under his direction, the DSU choirs have been consistently praised for their performances, and continue to draw larger and larger audiences, including a full house for their 2015 holiday concert at Assumption Abbey in Richardton. Recently, Dr. Rogers and the DSU choirs were honored by an invitation to perform Mozart’s Requiem as part of a festival choir at New York’s famed Carnegie Hall. The DSU Chamber Singers will participate in this performance in March of 2017.
As a graduate student at the University of Arizona, Dr. Rogers was awarded a prestigious graduate assistantship to serve as conductor of the UA Collegium Musicum, the University’s primary early music ensemble. His performances with the Collegium showcased a wide variety of well-known and lesser-known repertoire from the Renaissance and Baroque periods, and often included choral-orchestral works. Prior to coming to UA, Dr. Rogers served as Professor of Music at Arizona Western College in Yuma, Arizona, where he conducted the AWC Chamber Singers and Yuma Chorale. Under his direction, the Chamber Singers performed for the first time at the Northern Arizona University Jazz/Madrigal Festival, where they were praised by their adjudicator as being among the finest ensembles at the Festival.
Having begun his musical training as a pianist, Dr. Rogers’ first two years of college were spent pursuing a degree in piano performance. In his third year he changed his major to choral music education, and transferred to Brigham Young University, where he sang for five years with the internationally-acclaimed BYU Singers. For three of those years he served as their assistant conductor while pursuing a master’s degree in choral conducting. During his time in grad school at BYU and UA, Dr. Rogers had the unique opportunity to participate in choral music making at a very high level in an unusually broad range of repertoire, from intimate and unaccompanied to large-scale symphonic, and from the Renaissance up through the present day. He has consistently been asked to serve as a soloist in the choral ensembles in which he sings, and has also sung professionally with the Tucson Chamber Artists and Brevitas. Dr. Rogers will perform as the baritone soloist in the Missouri Valley Chamber Orchestra’s 2016 production of Handel’s Messiah.
In addition to his activities as a conductor and singer, Dr. Rogers teaches courses in Aural Skills, Vocal Methods, Lyric Diction, Conducting, Music History, and Music Education. He has a particular passion for diction, and enjoys helping students to understand the nuances of foreign language pronunciation. His research interests include choral music in the Medieval period, and the nineteenth-century French Requiem tradition.