Laura Kempa Bogan
Director of Choral Activities
A Michigan native, Laura Kempa Bogan now maintains an active career as a teacher, singer and conductor in the Chicago area. She serves as the Director of Choral Activities at Saint Xavier University in Chicago, where she conducts the University Chorale, Chamber Singers, and teaches voice, conducting and choral methods. Also a dedicated church musician, Bogan is the choir director and organist at Immaculate Conception Parish in Highland Park, Illinois, where she leads the choir in repertoire spanning chant and polyphony to the music of today's composers of sacred music.
Bogan remains an active choral singer as well, currently a member of the William Ferris Chorale and La Caccina, a professional women's vocal ensemble. She has also appeared with the Chicago Choral Artists, Chicago Chorale and Lincoln Chamber Productions Ecclesia Choir in recent years.
As a graduate student at Boston University, Bogan conducted the Boston University Concert Choir and Recital Chorus and Orchestra. She was on the music staff at Marsh Chapel as well, where she conducted the Chapel Choir and Collegium in regular Sunday worship as well as the Bach Cantata Series. Her teachers include Drs. Ann Jones, Scott Jarrett, Paul Rardin, and Jerry Blackstone (conducting), Dr. Caroline Helton (voice) and Dr. James Kibbie and James R. Brown (organ). Bogan is a proud alumna of the University of Michigan (B.M. Choral Music Education) and Boston University (M.M. Choral Conducting).