Kelsey K. Rogers, soprano, regularly appears as a soloist in choral-orchestral works, and has appeared as a soloist in works including Handel's Messiah, Faure's Requiem, Mozart's Ave regina coeli, and Saint-Saens's Christmas Oratorio and Requiem. She has appeared as a soloist with various groups, including the Dickinson State University Choirs, Brevitas, the Tucson Chamber Artists, the University of Arizona's Arizona and Symphonic Choirs, the Tucson Masterworks Chorale, the Tucson Interfaith Choir, the UA's Community Chorus, and the Green Valley Community Chorus. Her upcoming engagements include Handel’s Messiah with the Bismarck-Mandan Civic Chorus and Vivaldi’s Gloria with the DSU Choirs.
Mrs. Rogers has also appeared as a soloist internationally in the Saarburg International Chamber Music Festival, where she performed with the Festival Orchestra and Tetra String Quartet. Equally at home on the operatic stage, she has performed in several operas, including as Pamina in Mozart's The Magic Flute, Annina in Verdi’s La Traviata, Kate in Pirates of Penzance, and Amahl in Amahl and the Night Visitors. She has been recognized in several competitions, including winning the Marguerite Ough Vocal Competition, and was a finalist in the Chicago Oratorio Competition and a semi-finalist in the American Prize in Vocal Performance - University/College Division.
Mrs. Rogers has extensive experience as a chorister and has performed with some of the nation’s premiere vocal ensembles, including the Grammy-nominated Tucson Chamber Artists (now True Concord Voices and Orchestra), Brevitas, Brigham Young University Singers, and the University of Arizona’s Arizona Choir. As a member of these ensembles she has performed a wide range of repertoire and performed in the Musikverein in Vienna, the Dvorak Hall in Prague, and in the Cork International Choral Competition, where the BYU Singers took 2nd place and the PEACE prize.
In addition to teaching duties at Dickinson State University, she teaches private voice and Let's Play Music classes out of her home. Prior to coming to DSU, Mrs. Rogers taught choir at Yuma High School in Yuma, Arizona, and choir and Spanish at Orange Grove Middle School in Tucson, Arizona. She also organizes a semi-annual recital series called "If Music Be the Food", which benefits the AMEN Food Pantry in Dickinson. The series is a satellite of one in Rochester, NY, founded by Carol Rodland (for more information, see ifmusicbethefood.com). Mrs. Rogers holds a master of music degree in vocal performance from the University of Arizona, and a bachelor of music degree in music education from Brigham Young University.