The Washington Chorus Renews Contract with Artistic Director Dr. Eugene Rogers, Appoints Executive Director Anthony Salvi-Exner

By Logan Martell

The Washington Chorus has announced a five-year extension for Dr. Eugene Rogers’ contract as Artistic Director and the appointment of Anthony Salvi-Exner as Executive Director.

First appointed in 2020, Dr. Rogers is the director of choirs and an associate professor at the University of Michigan; his choirs have performed at national and regional conferences in China, South Africa, and the US.

“I am overjoyed to continue leading and partnering with one of America’s leading symphonic choruses,” said Rogers in a press release. “As Artistic Director of TWC, my vision is that through audacious, distinctive, and inclusive programming—and in tandem collaborations with the amazing colleagues and artists in the Washington, DC region and beyond—we will build on our rich musical legacy and foster a strong and diverse community of artists. Creativity and collaboration will be at the heart of this work.”

Prior to his appointment, Salvi-Exner served as Interim Executive Director since August of last year. He brings with him 30 years of executive experience in several companies, such as Chief Operating Officer of VMD Corp, a professional services company. “I am honored and humbled to be selected as Executive Director for an organization that is committed to delivering outstanding choral music to the DC community.” said Salvi-Exner. “The Washington Chorus has a long and storied history, and I am excited to help lead the organization into our bright future.”

The appointments come as TWC prepares for their upcoming “Free at Last: A Musical Tribute to Dr. King’s Legacy” concert on April 4, 2023. Held at The Kennedy Center, the show commemorates the 60th anniversary of Dr. King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech, with a performance of Undine Smith Moore’s “Scenes from the Life of a Martyr” and the Durufle “Requiem.”