Location: Iowa, USA
Roger Henderson holds a BA from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa and a Masters in vocal performance and pedagogy from the University of Iowa. He has taught vocal music for thirty years and is in his twenty-third year with the Grinnell Community Schools.
Roger is past-president of the Iowa Choral Directors Association. Roger served two terms, as district representative on the Board of directors for the Iowa Choral Directors Association and has been a presenter at the Iowa Choral Director’s Association annual summer symposium and the Iowa Music Educator's Association. Topics for these presentations have included solo repertoire, assessment, voice development, and duet repertoire. Additionally, he continues to work with members of the ICDA Choral Vision subcommittee, helping with the Comprehensive Musicianship Project (CMP). Roger has presented aspects of the CMP model as well as demonstration rehearsals.
Roger has been a panelist for the Iowa Arts Council reviewing grants for the state’s Artist in Schools program. He was the recipient of a Goals 2000 grant, which provided a year’s sabbatical at Grinnell College to study music curriculum development. The Grinnell Area Chamber of Commerce and the Grinnell Community School District selected Roger as Teacher/Citizen of the year in 1998. He was part of team of four teachers who developed an interdisciplinary/humanities course with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The course is now required of all juniors at Grinnell High School. He served as a regional teacher-team leader for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, developing teacher assessments for national certification in music education. Subsequently he has trained assessors reviewing candidate submissions for the National Board Certification in music.
The Grinnell Concert Choir under Roger’s direction was chosen to participate in Drake University’s first invitational choral festival held in April of 1994. This same group was chosen to participate in Iowa State’s first Cyclone Choral Festival in February of 1995. Groups under his direction have received the Iowa High School Music Association's highest academic achievement award and division I ratings for the past twenty years. Soloist under his direction have also received numerous division I ratings and outstanding performer recognition at IHMA solo/small ensemble festival.
As a performer, He has been a NATS finalist including the graduate division. Roger has sung the roles of Tamino in Mozart's Opera The Magic Flute, Romboydal, in Offenbach's The Isle of Tulipitan and Ralph in Gilbert & Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore, John Adams in The Mother of Us All. As tenor soloist, He has sung Handel's Messiah, Haydn's The Creation, Honegger's King David, Beethoven’s Mass in C, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Bach’s Passions, and Britten's Rejoice in the Lamb. Roger has appeared as soloist with the Des Moines Choral Society, the choirs of Luther College, Drake University, Central College, Grinnell College, Des Moines Central Presbyterian Church, and St. John’s Lutheran Church of Grinnell.