Title: Choral Studies
Dr. Roste comes to the University of Akron with more than a decade of college teaching experience. Most recently Director of Choral Activities at Northeastern State University in Oklahoma, he also taught at two different institutions in south Georgia prior to commencing doctoral studies. During this time he also served the Director of Music at First United Methodist Church in Eufaula, Alabama, where he supervised a choir school program of six different musical ensembles. A member of the Executive Board of the Georgia American Choral Director’s Association from 2005 until 2009, he was also named as a contributing editor of the Music Appreciation textbook entitled "Music," published in 2010 by Cengage Learning. He continues to be a member of the editorial board for Anacrusis, the official publication of the Association of Canadian Choral Communities. Canadian by birth, he holds four degrees: a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Augustana University College, a Bachelor of Theological Studies from the Canadian Lutheran Bible Institute (both of which are in Camrose, Alberta), a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from the University of Alberta in Edmonton, and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting from Louisiana State University. His research interests continue to explore the intersections of music and theology; one of his Master’s projects examined some of the theological statements that composers can make (overtly or subtly) in the musical setting of sacred texts, and his doctoral dissertation compared choral settings of Jesus’ Seven Last Words by three French Romantic composers: Gounod, Franck, and Dubois. Part of his interest in French composers stemmed from the year he lived in Paris; further travels have taken him to every continent except Antarctica. The author of over two dozen articles, he also saw in 2003 the publication of his first monograph, entitled The Xenophobe’s Guide to the Canadians, by Oval Books in London, England, which recently went into its fifth printing (not including the translation into Estonian).