Beginning Vocal Jazz for the Concert Choir Director

with Roger Emerson

Monday, June 29 at 2:00pm (EDT)

Join Roger Emerson, one of the music publishing industry's outstanding arrangers, as he shares some history of Vocal Jazz and how to start a Vocal Jazz ensemble. Roger will share music that works well with beginning ensembles as well as ideas to help your ensemble be successful.

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Roger Emerson

With over 500 titles in print and 30 million copies in circulation, Roger Emerson is one of the most widely performed choral composers in America today.

He received his degree in Music Education from Southern Oregon University and served as music specialist for 12 years in the Mt. Shasta Public School System. He concluded his teaching career at the College of the Siskiyous, also in Northern California and now devotes full time to composing, arranging and lecturing.

Roger is know for creating “songs kids love to sing,” and has written such best sellers as Sinner Man, Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel and Shoshone Love Song. His educational arrangements include Africa, Hallelujah, and Somebody To Love, as well as some of the most successful Broadway and commercial titles in the industry including Disney’s Seize The Day and Mary Poppins Returns and Waving Through A Window from Dear Evan Hansen.

For 20 years running he was the recipient of ASCAP’s (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) Standard Award, as well as performances at The Kennedy Center, The White House and Carnegie Hall.

Roger is constantly in demand as a lecturer on popular choral music and has addressed major music education groups including NAfME (National Association for Music Education), TMEA (Texas Music Educators Association), OMEA (Ohio Music Educators Association), NYSSMA (New York State School Music Association) and ICDA (Iowa Choral Directors Association.

He recently completed several years as the Northern California Representative to CCDA (California Choral Directors Association).

Roger currently resides in Mt. Shasta, California with his wife Mari.