*Sigma Alpha Iota Member
Sharon Elery Rogers, who was born in Michigan, is a nationally known composer of hundreds of published choral anthems, masses, organ and vocal collections, brass, piano and Handbell pieces. She is the recipient of 49 annual special awards from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers publi. Her B.A. and Public School Music Teaching Certificate were earned at Hillsdale College where she auditioned for and won a four year interstate music scholarship after playing the both the organ and piano masterworks as well as her own compositions. She was featured several times as piano soloist with the Hillsdale and South Bend Symphony Orchestras with the late Edwin Haymes conducting. Sharon attended Wayne State University in Detroit for her graduate study in composition and voice. She held the position of Supervisor of Music at three suburban Detroit school systems as well as teaching private music students for a number of years. She sang and arranged music at two Detroit radio stations with the Don Large Chorus, the Lutheran Charities Hour, and was soloist with the Wayne King Chorus. Sharon was an organ soloist at several large churches and held the position of Director of Music at many Detroit and suburban churches.
Several years later, Sharon and family relocated to Southwest Florida. In 1993 she won first prize in the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers composer’s contest with her original piece “A Raz-A-Ma-Taz” and was named “Composer of the Year” in 1999 by the Jeffers Handbell Supply Publishing Co. Sharon was made an Honorary Life Member of the Detroit Chapter of American Guild of Organists , the Venice Music Society (National Federation of Music Clubs) and served as chairman of the ASCAP “Young Adult Composers” in Southwest Florida. She has also received the “Alumni Achievement Award” from Hillsdale College in recognition for her outstanding service in the field of music and high honor brought to her Alma Mater. She was Director of Music for 14 yrs. at St. Armand’s Key Lutheran Church in Sarasota, also Auburn Rd. Presbyterian Church and Trinity Presbyterian Church in Venice and is presently assisting at Venice Presbyterian Church downtown Venice.
Recently published was her collection from Chorister’s Guild Publishers “Music of the Masters” (Reduction of famous classics for school and church use written for early Handbell and Handchime ringers.) The collection includes pictures, composers’ biographies and critiques for the teachers explaining the ringing techniques.) Her series of separate easy Handbell works with Alfred Publishers titled “A Bit of Bach," "A Bit of Tchaikowsy,” “A Bit of Handel” and many other composers is being used widely in teaching of early to intermediate ringers in schools and churches throughout the country. She has several choral anthems published in most recent years as well as several organ collections and many individual Handbell pieces. Sharon’s most recent publication from Chorister’s Guild “Music of the Masters 2” is now being printed. She is working on a new organ collection soon to be in print as well as a book of sacred piano solos.
1255 Paradise Way
Venice, FL 34285
Rogers is completing a new hymn-tune organ collection, with minimal pedaling, on three staves at the request of many organists who have enjoyed playing her many organ pieces throughout the years. She has just completed a new collection of Preludes and Postludes of sacred music for the piano on the intermediate level. At present, she has several handbell and handchimes pieces being reviewed by publishers as well as some new choir anthems. Rogers has been commissioned by Choristers Guild publishers to write a Volume II of Music of the Masters, a reduction of famous classics for handbell or handchime ringers for schools and church for all ages at Level 2 and 2+. It is written for two or three octaves of handbells or handchimes. A few new techniques are suggested and explanations given on how to execute them. Music of the Masters, Vol. I, is now in print and widely used. It includes composers’ biographical information and pictures of the composers, as well as teaching help for directors. It also is written for two or three octaves of bells on a Level I and I+, and includes a notation chart with directions.
My Faith Looks Up to Thee, Mary Vaughn, organ, Nokomis, FL, Methodist Church, Aug. 13, 2012. All Hail the Power of Jesus Name, Sarita Roche, piano, Passe de Grille Presbyterian Church, Anna Maria Island, FL, Sept. 23, 2012.
Happy Birthday to the Masters, S.E. Rogers, Andrew Galuska, pianos, Venice Presbyterian Church, Venice FL, May 23, 2012.
Sheep May Safely Graze (J. S. Bach) (handbells), Chorister’s Guild. A Carol Jubilee (handbells), Alfred Publishers. Several pieces published in Ring and Rejoice, handbell mazagine, Lorenz Publishers, 2012.
Above publications available via Internet through publishing companies listed.
Jacob’s Vision and Promised Land four piano pieces from Rogers new collection Musings On Early American Hymn Tunes; also, Simple Gifts, Mason’s Songs of Faith and What Wondrous Love by Janet Daniels at the Chapel of St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Boca Raton, FL.
Several pieces taken from In the Silent Night, Rogers’ new piano collection played during the Christmas season at Auburn Rd. Presbyterian Church by Sharon E. Rogers. Also, Prelude on Come Thou Font Of Every Blessing and Let Us Break Bread from same collection.
The new pieces have been published and some ready to come out soon in Lorenz’s Ring and Rejoice series which includes: O How I Love Jesus; God Of Our Life; Blest Be The Tie That Binds; All Hail The Power Of Jesus Name (both tunes: Coronation and Diadem). All are written for 2 or 3 octaves of Handbell or Handchimes music, Level 2 and 3 for the Ring and Rejoice series by the Lorenz Publishing Company.
The composer’s newly published Handbell or Handchimes collection, Music of the Masters, published by Chorister’s Guild, features arrangements of famous classics for early ringers. Currently in use by public schools and churches, the collection features biographical information and pictures of the composers as well as teaching help for directors and is an excellent resource for 2- or 3-octave choirs of ringers. Rogers is working on her second collection of Music of the Masters, as well as on a collection of hymn tunes for piano and several choral anthems.
Concertato on the Hymn of Joy was presented by the choirs, handbells, piano, and organ of the Chapel of St. Andrews Episcopal Church, Boca Raton, FL, under the direction of Janet Daniels. The work received another performance from members of the Passe de Grille Community Church in St. Petersburg, FL, led by Sarita Roche. Thomas Doerzbacher conducted a concert featuring organ and choral works by the composer at Trinity Lutheran Church, Jeanette, PA.
Music of the Masters, 2-3 octaves handbells/chimes; Ave Maria (Gounod), 2-3 octaves handbells/chimes; Ave Maria, 3-4-5 octaves; all by Chorister’s Guild. On Jordan’s Banks I Stand, 3-4-5 octaves handbells/chimes; MorningStar Publishers. The piano collection Evensong includes the arrangement “Kumbayah/My Shepherd Will Supply;” by Flammer/Shawnee. Ring and Rejoice, a collection for 2-3 octaves handbells, includes the arrangements What a Friend We Have in Jesus, God of Grace, Finlandia, and At the Cross; by Lorenz.
Rogers received her 43rd consecutive ASCAP Award in 2008. The past season saw many performances of her choral anthems, bell pieces, and organ music in churches and educational institutions in the U.S. as well as Europe, including those by the Jazz Rac Handbell group in Japan who perform her bell arrangements of Scott Joplin’s music. The Auburn Road Presbyterian Church of Venice, FL, introduced many of her new choral anthems. Chorister’s Guild released Music of the Masters, a collection containing reductions of famous classics for early handbell and choirchime ringers which is now being used in churches and schools; the collection includes bios and pictures of each featured composer, and critiques for teachers explaining ringing techniques. Currently serving as Director of Music and organist at Presbyterian Church in Venice, FL, she lives there with her husband, Walter.
Rosa Mystica (The Mystic Rose), SATB; Augsburg. My Heart Ever Faithful, 2-3 octave handbells; Ave Maria, 2-3 and 3-4-5 octave handbells; Music of the Masters, 2-3 octave handbells, levels 1 and 1+; all by Chorister’s Guild. Two German Chorales (Bach), 2-3 octave handbells; Sing Praise to God (Two tunes), SATB; both by GIA. The Palms, 3-4-5 octave handbells; Morningstar. Nothing But the Blood of Jesus, 3-4-5 octave handbells, Lifeway Publishing Co. Ring and Rejoice Series, 2-3 octave handbells: Songs of the Holy Spirit, My Faith Has Found a Resting Place, At the Cross of Jesus Medley, What a Friend We Have in Jesus, God of Grace/God of Our Life, Finlandia, Following Yonder Star, Palm Sunday Glory, As With Gladness, and Trumpet Fanfare; all by Lorenz.