Bruce Rogers is one of the leading choral conductors in the United States. His groups from Mt. San Antonio College in Southern California are consistently regarded as one of the best 2-year collegiate programs in the country. In his role at Mt. San Antonio, 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 achieved top ranking in national and international competitions throughout the world, including performances in Concert Halls throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, China, Scotland, Wales, England, France, Italy, Germany, Poland, Austria, Switzerland, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, South Africa, Slovenia, Slovakia and China. Mr. Rogers’ choirs have had the honor of performing at eight California State Conventions, fifteen American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) Regional and National Conventions as well as performing at three International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE) National Conventions and a 2017 performance at the Jazz Education Network (JEN) Conference. 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 in 2005, he achieved this special honor once again. In 2017 he again had two different choirs perform at both the JEN National Conference in New Orleans and the ACDA National Convention in Minneapolis.
Mr. Rogers’ guest conducting ventures outside of the United States, includes conducting at the “AMIS International Honor Band and Choral Festival” hosted by the International School at The Hague in the Netherlands, conducting at the “ACCET Choral Conductor’s Workshop” held in Melbourne, Australia, guest conducting the music of Franz Joseph Haydn in Vienna and Budapest with a Festival Choir and Orchestra honoring the 200th Anniversary of Haydn’s death, and was the headline clinician and guest conductor at the “Australian National Choral Association” (ANCA) Convention in Port Macquarie, Australia. He has guest conducted the New York Chamber Orchestra and Festival Chorus at Carnegie Hall on seven 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, Florida. He has been invited to serve as the American Judge on the jury panel for the “International Musical Eisteddfod Competition” in Llangollen, Wales on four different occasions and in the Spring of 2009, he was a guest clinician at the “University of North Texas Vocal Jazz Festival” along with recording artist Tierney Sutton. Mr. Rogers has presented lectures, adjudicated, or conducted both classical and vocal jazz All-State and Collegiate Honor Choirs in twenty-eight states, the British Isles, Canada, Austria, Hungary, Poland, Australia, and the Netherlands.
For his many achievements, Mt. SAC presented Professor Rogers with its prestigious “Faculty Member of the Year” award, the Upland Community Foundation honored him as a recipient of their 2010 “Spotlight Award” for Outstanding Educator, in 2013 he was awarded the “CMEA Pearson-Silver Burdett Choral Educator Award” honoring excellence in choral education and performance, and in 2014 he received the California Music Educators Association’s “Outstanding Music Educator’s Award”. In 2023 he will lead the Mt. San Antonio Chamber Singers for their record-setting 15th performance at an ACDA conference.