Our Director, Rodger Whitten
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Rodger Whitten, in June 2004, was appointed Music director of the Swiss Singing Society Harmonie, based in Whittier. Rodger brings a wealth of musical experience to his conducting and playing. A native of Oklahoma, Rodger began piano study at age six and organ at age 12. Mr. Whitten holds a bachelors Degree in piano performance from Oklahoma Babtist University, and a Masters Degree, also in piano performance, from the University of Southern California. At USC he studied piano with Professor James Bonn and conducting with Professors Hans Beer and David Wilson. He has toured extensively as pianist, organist, and choral musicien throughout Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Mexico. Rodger maintains a busy performance schedule as conductor, piano soloist, accompanist, organist, and chamber musicien with over 200 recitals and concerts performed thus far. Accomplished in many different musical styles, Rodger is enjoying the challenges of conducting Harmonie, with the multiple language and style requirement of its repertoire. For the past 20 years, he has served as organist/Director of Music at Community Church, Congregational, in Corona del Mar. A former faculty member at Irvine Valley College from 1980-89, Mr. Whitten most recently served on the music faculty at UC Irvine for three years, teaching music theory, musicianship, and as conductor of many of the university's choral ensembles. In 2007 Rodger traveled to Switzerland for the first time with Harmonie on a very successful concert tour. An equally very successful concert tour with Harmonie was completed in 2016. Rodger with his wife Barbara are residents of Wrightwood, CA, enjoying teaching, composing, and family life in the mountains.