Wayland Rogers

The award-winning compositions of Wayland Rogers are heard world-wide in concert halls, schools, churches and synagogues. Such awards as The Leeds University Liturgical Choir Competition, The Roger Wagner Center Choral Competition, Meistersingers Choral Competition, The Chautauqua Chamber Singers Award, The Illinois ACDA Choral Composition Competition, The Vincent B. Silliman Anthem Award, and the Thornesian Prize from Chichester, England attest to their excellence. In addition to his works published by Graphite Publishing, others are published by Boosey and Hawkes, Colla Voce Music, Alliance Music Publications, Jackman Music and Thomas House. His catalogue contains over one hundred-fifty pieces, many of which have been performed in such venues as Carnegie Hall, Symphony Center/Chicago, Ishihara Hall/Osaka, Competition Hall/Jakarta, Ely Cathedral/England, Riverside Church/NYC, St. Patrick’s Cathedral/NYC, St. John the Divine/NYC, and National Cathedral/DC.

Works have been commissioned by Anima (Glenn Ellyn Children’s Chorus), Congregation Solel, Central Bucks High School-West, Lake Forest High School, Chihaya Women’s Choir/Tokyo, Buffalo Grove Children’s Chorus, Chicago Choral Theater, Children’s Chorus of San Antonio, St. John Brebeuf Church, St. Ferdinand Church, Heritage Chorale, Lakeside Choral Festival, Northwest Covenant Church, North Shore Unitarian Church, Camerata Singers of Lake Forest, Pat McNabb, Jamie O’Reilly, Michelle Areyzaga, Susanna Phillips, David Portillo and Katherine Calcamuggio.

He trained as a singer and a conductor at University of Kentucky, Wichita State University, Northwestern University and the Mozarteum in Salzburg. As a lyric baritone he is especially noted as a recitalist, and has appeared with many leading orchestras, choruses and at major festivals in the U.S. He received a Grammy nomination for best chamber music award in a recording of Mozart with the Chicago Symphony Winds. He studied conducting and assisted Margaret Hillis, founder of the Chicago Symphony Chorus. For many years he was Artistic Director/Conductor of The Camerata Singers of Lake Forest and presently directs the Chamber Singers at North Park University/Chicago and is Music Director at North Shore Unitarian Church in Deerfield, Illinois. He has been on the voice and/or conducting faculties of Northwestern University, DePaul University, Loyola University, Western Kentucky University and Lambuth University. Please visit www.waylandrogers.com for more info.


Compositions by Wayland Rogers

1: (Easy) No divisi in voice parts, accompaniment doubles or supports vocal parts, diatonic, symmetrical phrases, textures mostly homophonic, simple rhythms, stepwise voice leading (conjunct), moderate ranges, no extended techniques, and limited sustained singing.

2: (Medium Easy) Limited divisi, voices somewhat independent from accompaniment, some chromatics, phrases may be longer or more fragmented, mostly homophonic, moderate rhythmic complexity, some difficult intervals (disjunct motion), moderate ranges, extended techniques are simple, limited sustained singing.

3. (Medium) Limited divisi, unaccompanied, or with independent accompaniment (voice parts not doubled), many chromatics, phrases of varying lengths, more contrapuntal textures, moderately complex rhythms, some difficult intervals (disjunct motion), moderately difficult/challenging ranges, extended techniques are potentially challenging, and some sustained singing.

4. (Medium Difficult) Abundant divisi, unaccompanied, or accompanying instruments are fully independent from voice parts, many chromatics and/or key changes, long and/or broken phrases, potentially little homophony, complex rhythms, many difficult intervals (disjunct motion), difficult/challenging ranges, potentially difficult extended techniques, and a demand for sustained singing.

5. (Difficult) Adundant divis, unaccompanied, or accompanying instruments are fully independent from voice parts, many chromatics and/or key changes, long and/or broken phrases, potentially little homophony, complex rhythms, extreme ranges, use of challenging or unusual extended vocal techniques, abundant sustained singing.