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Bradley Vogel D.M.A.

Brad Vogel


D.M.A., University of Missouri-Kansas City
M.M., University of Northern Colorado
B.A., Tabor College


Dr. Bradley Vogel, Director of Choral Activities at McPherson College, has enjoyed nearly 40 years conducting both choral and instrumental ensembles. After a dozen years in public school education and church music ministry, he embarked on a 22-year career as Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Tabor College. Recipient of the Clarence R. Hiebert Excellence in Teaching Award, Dr. Vogel served as chair of the Department of Music as well as the Division of Performing and Visual Arts. During his tenure, he conducted the Concert Choir, Oratorio Chorus, and Chamber Voices, including the annual Christmas Messiah performance and domestic tours, and served as music director for music theater productions. Under his leadership, the Concert Choir was selected to perform at the Kansas Music Educators Association State Convention six times (2000, 2003, 2007, 2011, 2013, 2015). In honor of his service to the institution, the choral rehearsal room in the new Flaming Center for the Arts at Tabor College was named the Vogel Choral Room.

An active adjudicator and clinician, Dr. Vogel has conducted over 30 choral festivals in Kansas, New York, and South Carolina, and annually adjudicates state festivals in Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma. Students from his voice studio have found success at the National Association of Teachers of Singing Student Auditions, with 11 finalists and 4 1st-place recipients. Additionally, he is an active composer, with works published by MusicSpoke and Imagine Music Publishing. In 2018 he was awarded the Harry Robert Wilson Award by the Kansas chapter of the American Choral Directors Association in recognition of lifetime contributions to choral music in Kansas. In 2019 he enjoyed his Carnegie Hall debut, conducting Ola Gjeilo’s Sunrise Mass with three combined choirs and the New England Symphonic Ensemble, and in 2022 enjoyed a return appearance, conducting the Mark Hayes Te Deum. He is scheduled to conduct Dan Forrest’s Requiem for the Living in June 2023.

Dr. Vogel graduated from Tabor College with a BA in Music Education. He earned the MM in Conducting from the University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, Colorado, and the DMA in Conducting from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He and his wife, Beverly, married in 1985, and have two grown sons: David, married to Hanna, and Nathan, married to Mallea. Brad and Bev are extremely proud grandparents of five darling grandchildren.


“Over the years I’ve become convinced of the enrichment art brings to life, and that it enriches both the creator and the consumer. I’ve witnessed personal growth in students as they commit themselves to developing their gifts – even discovering gifts they didn’t even know they had! – and watched their confidence and success in all areas of life be influenced by this growth. I’m particularly drawn to vocal and choral music because of the musical expression of text, and even more because the person is the instrument: there is deep humanness in the act and sound of singing and I’ve found that this particular resonance connects people to one another somewhat inexplicably. Being involved in the lives of students to foster and nurture this art is extremely rewarding, and I find joy in that journey every day.”