A native of South Africa, Gerrit Scheepers is in the final stages of his Doctoral studies at the University of Washington in choral conducting under Dr. Geoffrey Boers and Dr. Giselle Wyers, where he serves as assistant conductor of the University of Washington Chamber Singers. He holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Pretoria in choral conducting and music history, where he studied with Christo Burger, and he earned a Master of Music from Missouri State University, where he studied choral conducting with Dr. Cameron F. LaBarr.
Scheepers founded the Armonia Chambers singers in 2012 which he conducted until the end of 2014. 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 conferences, 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) and was also selected to present at the Podium Conference in Canada (2018). Gerrit has worked as guest conductor and clinician for various high schools and festival across the United States and South Africa. In November 2018, Gerrit taught choral conducting at the University of Ljubljana at both undergraduate and graduate level.
He has received master classes from various local and international choral conducting clinicians such as Sanna Salminen (Finland), André van der Merwe (RSA), Kåre Hanken (Norway), Nicol Matt (Germany), Naomi Faran (Israel) and Eph Ehly (USA). Gerrit was awarded a conducting fellowship at the Sarteano (Italy) Chamber Choir Workshop in the summer of 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 the summer of 2015. In the fall of 2018 he was guest conductor with the reknowned Ave Chamber Choir in Slovenia. Engagements for the 2018-2019 academic year include choral workshop with Anchorage High School Choirs in Alaska (March 2019).
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), Haydn’s Missa in tempore belli(2013).
University of Washington, Seattle. WA (2017-19) - Undergraduate conducting, choral methods, Women’s Chorus
University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia (November, 2018) - Undergraduate conducting & Graduate conducting
Missouri State University, Springfield, MO (2014-16) - Undergraduate conducting
University of Pretoria, Pretoria, SA (2012-13) - Music History
Doxa Deo Private College, Pretoria, SA (2011-13) - Beginner voice & Beginner piano
Randburg High School, Randburg, SA (2012-14) - Choir
Beaulieu Preparatory School, Midrand, SA (2011-14) - Choir