Director of Choral Studies
Graduate Choral Conducting
DMA, University of Washington
MM, Missouri State University
BM, University of Pretoria
Gerrit Scheepers is interim director of Choral Studies at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he conducts the University Chorale. He also teaches undergraduate and graduate conducting. Scheepers holds a doctorate from the University of Washington in choral conducting, where he studied under Geoffrey Boers and Giselle Wyers. He holds a bachelor of music degree from the University of Pretoria in choral conducting and music history, where he studied with Christo Burger, and he earned a master of music degree from Missouri State University, where he studied choral conducting with Cameron LaBarr.
Scheepers founded the Armonia Chambers singers in 2012, which he conducted until the end of 2014 when he relocated to the United States. The choir has been renamed the Pretoria Symphony Chorus in 2018. He is also the founding artistic director and current conductor of the Brooklyn Choral Artists, a professional chamber ensemble operating in Pretoria, South Africa.
Gerrit has presented internationally as clinician and conductor. He has presented at summer and regional conferences and led numerous reading sessions hosted by the American Choral Director’s Association, the National Association for Music Education, and the National Collegiate Choir Organization. He was also selected to present a poster session at the Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities (2018). Gerrit has worked as guest conductor and clinician for various high schools and festivals across the United States, Europe, and South Africa.
Gerrit was awarded a conducting fellowship at the Sarteano (Italy) Chamber Choir Workshop in summer 2012, where he worked with world-renowned conductor and singer Simon Carrington. He was also selected as one of six fellows to attend the Melodious Accord Melody Studies program with world-renowned composer Alice Parker at her home in Hawley, Massachusetts, in summer 2015. In fall 2018 he was guest conductor with the renowned Ave Chamber Choir in Slovenia. Engagements for the 2018–19 academic year included a visiting faculty exchange with the University of Ljubljana, where he taught undergraduate and graduate choral conducting.
Recent major choral-orchestral works conducted by Scheepers include Bach Cantata BWV 184 – Erwünschtes Freudenlicht (2014), Schubert’s Mass in G major (2014), Vivaldi’s Gloria (2014), and Haydn’s Missa in tempore belli (2013).