Katherine  Rohwer

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Lecturer of Choral Music



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Katherine Rohwer serves as Lecturer of Choral Music at Eastern Michigan University where she conducts the treble ensembles — EMU Voices and Vision — and teaches secondary choral methods. Additionally, she is pursuing a DMA in Choral Conducting at the University of Michigan, where she studies under Dr. Eugene Rogers. While at Michigan, Katherine has served as the opera chorus master, music director of the prison outreach choir Out of the Blue, conductor of Orpheus Singers, and assistant conductor of the Women’s Glee Club. She is currently the assistant conductor of the University of Michigan Chamber Choir and the University Musical Society Choral Union. In addition, she has directed the Collegium Musicum of Western Michigan University, the Lake Michigan College Concert Choir, and prepared choruses for the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra. 

Previously, she was the Director of Choirs at Stevensville Lakeshore High School, where she led four curricular ensembles, directed the musical theater program, and taught music theory. Ensembles under her direction consistently received superior and excellent ratings at District and State Festivals and were honored with performances at the American Choral Directors Association Michigan State Conference (2018) and the Michigan Youth Arts Festival (2016, 2018, 2019). Katherine was selected as the R.J. Johnson Distinguished Educator in 2019 by Lakeshore Public Schools.

An active chorister, Katherine is an alumna of the World Youth Choir, with whom she explored and performed a vast array of musical styles under the direction of renowned conductors, including a performance at the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize Awards Ceremony. She recently served as the alto section leader for the World Youth Choir’s 2018 session in China. She is also a regular member of the international chamber choir, Time Ensemble.

Katherine earned a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Michigan (2021) and a Bachelor of Music degree in Choral Music Education and Vocal Performance from Western Michigan University (2009). She is an active member of the American Choral Directors Association and has served the Michigan School Vocal Music Association as Secretary for the Board of Directors, State SATB Honors Choir Supervisor, and District 6 Manager.