About Roger Treece

“Mad genius."      “A game-changer.”      “Choral innovator.”      “Genius, plain and simple.”     "A true harmonicist."   "One of the most innovative composers, arrangers and musicians in the world."

These are just a few of the terms people use when talking about Five-time Grammy nominee Roger Treece. He is a teacher, singer, composer, and producer whose work encompasses classical, jazz, pop, stage and studio.

Mr. Treece has produced over 50 albums and collaborated with a wide range of artists, including Josh Groban, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Bobby McFerrin, Katherine McPhee, The Manhattan Transfer, Barry Manilow, the Goo Goo Dolls, The Turtle Island Quartet, and rapper Z-Trip. 

He has also distinguished himself as an arranger and composer. In 2010, his arrangement of "Baby" (VOCAbuLarieS, Bobby McFerrin) was nominated for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocals. It was the first time in the history of the Grammy Awards that an a cappella arrangement was nominated for an instrumental arranging award.

As a composer, he has been commissioned by The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Danish Radio Symphony, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, the Polish National Forum of Music, Cantus, VOCES 8, The King's Singers, the UAE Ministry of Culture, Projeto Guri in Sao Paulo, BR, and others.

In 2021, Roger composed, orchestrated, and conducted the RAI Orchestra (Italian National Radio Symphony) in Beatricea 65 minute suite for full orchestra, choir, and piano solo. Commissioned by the RAI Orchestra and the Moncalieri Jazz Festival to celebrate Dante Alighieri's 700th Birthday, Beatrice debuted in Torino, IT, on November 14, 2021. He conducted the piece with the Sudecka Philharmonic Orchestra in 2022 and will again in October, 2024.

Roger has been nominated for five Grammy Awards as an arranger, producer, singer, and engineer, and has won 14 DownBeat Recording Awards as an arranger and singer. He has also won First Place at the Hollywood Film Festival, two Parent's Choice Awards for his educational music for children, and was inducted into the Radio Hall Of Fame in 2023 (as the music producer for The Bob Rivers Show.)

He has conducted his own works at major venues like Jazz At Lincoln Center (main stage), Vienna Opera House (Staatsoper Wien)(AU), the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival (DE), the Stimmen Festival, Lorrach (DE), the Oregon Bach Festival, Gasteig Munich, and Danish Radio Hall (Copenhagen, DK). 

Roger has worked extensively with singers in the classroom, vocal studio, and recording studio. He has produced hundreds of session singers and recording artists, including Lisa Fischer, Judith Hill, Bobby McFerrin, Mark Murphy, Janis Siegel, Catherine McPhee, Josh Groban, Cheryl Bentyne, and others.

He has presented workshops at festivals around the world, including the Deutscher Musikrat (German Choral Competition), the World Choir Games, the International Association Of Jazz Educators, Jazz At Lincoln Center, the Oregon Bach Festival, Chorus America, the Århus International Vocal Festival, Music Educators National Conference, the American Choral Directors Association, and the Jazz Education Network.

As a teacher, Roger has taught classroom music and choral ensembles at The University of Washington, Bellevue College, Highline College, and Los Angeles College of Music, where he wrote curricula for Jazz Pedagogy, Class Piano, Class Voice, Improvisation, and Composition and conducted Concert Choir, Jazz Choir, and Jazz Combo. 

He has also had residencies at the Royal Danish Academy of Music, Århus Universitet, and Rytmisk Musikkonservatorium in Copenhagen and the Musikhochschules of Freiburg, Frankfurt, and Nürnberg and the Omega Institute.

Roger holds a Bachelor of Music in Theory and Composition from the University of Northern Colorado (Honors Program). He studied composition with Lyle Mays and Jeremy Lubbock, orchestration with Herbert Spencer and Albert Harris, and conducting with Delta David Gier.

His first book, CircleSongs: A Method for Developing Musical Fluency, is the first study method that uses this choral improvisational form as a vehicle for training musicians. 

His second book, Musical Fluencyteaches music using the same methodology as teaching language. Equally accessible to singers and instrumentalists, it is considered a watershed in music education theory and practice.

A true harmonicist...
perhaps the best choral writer of his generation.

Genius, plain and simple.  Roger Treece is out of control!



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