Bruce Rogers is the Director of Choral Activities. 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 achieved top ranking in national and international competitions throughout the world, including performances in Concert Halls throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, Scotland, Wales, England, France, Italy, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Bulgaria and the Czech Republic. Mr. Rogers' choirs have had the honor of performing at five California State Conventions, eight American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) Regional and National Conventions as well as performing at three International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE) National Conventions. 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.
Mr. Rogers’ most recent 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 five 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. Mr. Rogers has presented lectures, adjudicated, or conducted All-State and Collegiate Honor Choirs in twenty-one states, Canada, Austria, Hungary, Australia, and the Netherlands.
During the summer of 2007, the 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 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 the Chamber Singers received numerous first place awards, including the title of “Grand Prix Champions”. "Singcopation" has been honored with numerous awards from Downbeat Magazine including “Best Collegiate Vocal Jazz Group” in 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005 & 2006, along with a special performance award in 2008, 2009 & 2011. For his many achievements, Mt. SAC presented Professor Rogers with its prestigious “Faculty Member of the Year” award and the Upland Community Foundation honored him as a recipient of their 2010 "Spotlight Award" for Outstanding Educator. He has also recently signed with Gentry Music to publish the “Bruce Rogers Choral Series”, which strives to discover challenging new choral works from various countries and languages.
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.