- Webster Alexander Rogers, Jr.
Webster Alexander Rogers, Jr. is an American conductor who has directed numerous ensembles and choruses in the
Washington, D.C.area. He is a graduate of the Benjamin_T._Rome_School_of_Music at the Catholic University of America[http://www.cua.edu] , where he is currently a doctoral student there in musicology. He has studied conducting with Randall Craig Fleischer, formerly the Associate Conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra; with Dr. Robert Ricks, Conductor Emeritus of the Catholic University Symphony Orchestra; and with Piotr Gajewski, Music Director of the National Philharmonic Orchestraand also a former music director of the Catholic University Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Rogers also serves as music director of the
Friday Morning Music Club Choraleof Washington, D.C., where in his nineteen seasons as director he has presented Johann Sebastian Bach's Mass in B Minor, Cantatas No. 4 and 140, Magnificat in D Major, and major excerpts from his Christmas Oratorio; Johannes Brahms's Ein deutsches Requiem, Nänie, and Schicksalslied; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Requiem in D Minor, KV. 626, Coronation Mass, Great Mass in C Minor, KV. 417a/427, and both settings of his Solemn Vespers; George Frideric Handel's Messiah, Israel in Egypt, and Dettingen Te Deum; Franz Josef Haydn's Mass in Time of War, Theresienmesse, "Great Organ" Mass in E-flat, Harmoniemesse, Lord Nelson Mass, and his oratoriosThe Creation and The Seasons; Felix Mendelssohn's oratoriosElijah and St. Paul and his under-performed secular cantata, Die erste Walpurgisnacht; Franz Schubert's Mass No. 5 in A-flat Major, Mass No. 6 in E-flat Major and his Magnificat; Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem, Leonard Bernstein's Chichester Psalmsand John Rutter's Gloria; and Ludwig van Beethoven's Missa Solemnis in D Major, Meeresstille und Glückliche Fahrt ( Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage (Schiller)), and Beethoven's Fantasia for Piano, Orchestra, and Chorusfeaturing internationally acclaimed pianist Thomas Mastroianni, D. M. A., head of the PianoDepartment of the Benjamin T. Rome School of Musicat Catholic University of America, as guest pianist. Other repertoire has included Camille Saint-SaënsOratorio de Noël and Ralph Vaughan Williams's Hodie.
Mr. Rogers teaches in the
District of Columbia Public Schools[http://www.k12.dc.us/dcps/home.html] , where has previously served as Assistant Band Director of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts. He also has served as the Director of Bands and Orchestras at Wheaton High Schoolin Silver Spring, Marylandand at Tilden Junior High School in Montgomery County, Maryland. He has also taught in Prince George's County, Maryland[http://www.pgcps.org] , where he served as Chairman of the Music Department and Director of Bands and Orchestras at the Suitland High School Visual and Performing ArtsMagnet, and as Director of Bands and Choruses at Crossland High School.
Mr. Rogers served as the music director of the Traditional Choir of St. John the Baptist Catholic Faith Community in
Silver Spring, Marylandfrom 1975to 2003. In this capacity, he conducted the choir in many prominent venues in the United Statesand abroad, including a concert tour in Italythat culminated in a concert in Rome at the [http://www.chiesasantignazio.org| Chiesa di Sant'Ignazio Loyola] and solo participation in a mass celebrated by the late Pope John Paul IIat Saint Peter's Cathedral; a musical tour of Montrealand Quebec City, Canada; and Masses at the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paulin Philadelphiaand St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City. In addition, he has led the choir in providing the music liturgy for occasions that featured the late Mother Teresaof Calcutta.
Mr. Rogers is known in the Washington area as an accomplished conductor of orchestral as well as choral music, having conducted the Friday Morning Music Club Orchestra in a program that featured
Johannes Brahms's Symphony No. 4 in E Minor, Ludwig van Beethoven's Fifth Piano Concerto (the Emperor), again featuring Dr. Mastroianni at the piano, and Emmanuel Chabrier's Danse Slavefrom his opera, " Le Roi malgre lui."
Mr. Rogers has also conducted a number of choral sing-alongs, including G. F.
Handel's Messiahfor the Washington Summer Sings! and for Reston Sings! with The Reston Chorale, as well as Antonio Vivaldi's [Gloria (Vivaldi)| Gloria and W. A. Mozart's Vesperae Solennes de Confessore, KV 339, also for Summer Sings!.
Mr. Rogers has been music director or theatre director for more than fifty shows and operas in the Washington area, including many
Hexagon Club[http://www.hexagon.org] Revues, most recently the Potomac Theatre Company's [http://PotomacTheatre.org] acclaimed production of " Nunsense" in November 2006, winner of the prestigious Ruby Griffith Award(awarded by the British EmbassyPlayers) for Best Musical in 2006. Mr. Rogers also has been retained by the Victorian Lyric Opera Company [http://www.vloc.org] as the conductor for productions of Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado, Trial by Jury, and The Sorcerer, and as musical director and conductor for a production of The Pirates of Penzance, as well as its production of the Jacques Offenbachoperetta La vie Parisienne; he also musically directed the Maryland-based Rosebud Musical TheaterCompany, currently defunct.
Mr. Rogers dedicates all of his performances to his wife, Joanna Leslie Roberts and their new son, Timothy Geoffrey Charles Rogers, the loving memory of their late son, Benjamin Geoffrey Adrian Rogers, as well as to the loving memory of his late wife, Ann Lawrence Rogers, and to their three children, JoAnne Elizabeth Lee Rogers, Catherine Louise Pinion Rogers, and Webster Alexander (“Alex”) Rogers III.
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