Five-time Grammy nominee Roger Treece is a composer, arranger, producer, singer and conductor who’s work encompasses classical, jazz, pop, stage and studio, with some of the world’s most popular artists.
Over a span of 30 years and 50 albums, Roger has collaborated with and produced for a wide range of artists, from Andrew Lloyd Webber, The Manhattan Transfer and Barry Manilow, to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the King’s Singers and the Los Angeles Master Chorale. His film and television credits include music for the Discovery Channel, Disneyworld, Microsoft, McDonalds, ABC, and The United Way, and he is author and singer of hundreds of commercial jingles.
He was associate producer, arranger and singer on Josh Groban’s #1 selling album, All That Echoes and the composer/producer mastermind behind Bobby McFerrin’s groundbreaking release VOCAbuLarieS, a collection of seven extended world-classical choral works, hailed as “a masterpiece,” “the future of choral music,” “a new standard for choral recording,” and nominated for three Grammy Awards in 2011.
His arrangement of Baby, nominated for a Grammy for “Best Arrangement Accompanying Vocals” was the first and only a cappella vocal arrangement to have been nominated for an instrumental arranging award.
As an educator, Roger taught graduate-level jazz pedagogy at the University of Washington, where his performing groups garnered a first-place sweep of all three Vocal Jazz categories of the DOWNBEAT Student Recording Awards in 1992, the first and only time in the history of the awards. Roger now judges the DOWNBEAT Student Recording Awards Vocal Jazz category.
For the last 25 years, Roger has toured world-wide as a clinician, conductor, and solo performer. He has held teaching residencies at the Musikhochschules in Freiburg, Frankfurt and Nürnberg, the University of Aarhus, Royal Danish Academy of Music, Rytmisk Musikkonservatorium Copenhagen, and the Stimmen Festival, and held workshops at the Chorverbände in Deutschland, The Omega Institute, The United Arab Emirates Ministry of Culture, The International Association Of Jazz Educators, Jazz Education Network, Chorus America, and the Music Educators National Conference.
He has performed and conducted at the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, the Vienna Opera House, Jazz At Lincoln Center, the Oregon Bach Festival, the Montreal Jazz Festival, the Ravinia Festival in Chicago, and the D.C. Jazz Festival, among others.
His first book CircleSongs: A Method for developing Musical Fluency is the first study method that uses this popular choral improvisational form as a vehicle for training musicians.
His second book Musical Fluency, is a focus on the practice of the formation and expression of musical thought, merging ear training, intonation, rhythm, melody, and harmony into integrated exercises. It has been lauded as “Genius, plain and simple…” (Billy Childs), and “A game-changer…a new and revolutionary system for developing all musicians” (Tierney Sutton).