• Jonathan Rodgers
    Jonathan Rodgers,
    Assistant Professor of Choral Music

    D.M.A., University of Southern Mississippi
    M.M., Samford University
    B.M., Samford University
    Email: jrodgers@leeuniversity.edu

    Jonathan Rodgers is Assistant Professor of Choral Conducting in Lee University’s School of Music. He is the conductor of the Ladies of Lee and Choral Union, and his teaching responsibilities include teaching choral conducting and literature classes, overseeing the choral conducting curriculum, and supervising choral conductors in the graduate program. A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Rodgers holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree and Master of Music in Church Music degree from Samford University, studying conducting and church music with Milburn Price and Paul Richardson. He completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral Conducting at the University of Southern Mississippi, studying conducting with Gregory Fuller and John Flanery. His scholarly research and dissertation examines the choral singing tradition of Estonia and, specifically, the choral folksongs of Estonian composer Cyrillus Kreek.

    While at Southern Miss, Rodgers was assistant director of the Women’s Chorus and rehearsal assistant and accompanist for the flagship ensemble, the Southern Chorale. In addition, he was accompanist for the Southern Hymn Festival (under the direction of Mack Wilberg), continuo player and rehearsal assistant for USM’s presentation of the Bach B Minor Mass, pianist on recordings of the music of James Mulholland, and pianist and rehearsal assistant for the Carnegie Hall premiere and recording of Edwin Penhorwood’s An American Requiem.

    As a member of the American Choral Directors Association, Rodgers has been guest speaker and presenter at the Chicago National ACDA, Mississippi MENC/ACDA conferences, and Tennessee MEA conferences. He has also given presentations at Baylor University’s Alleluia, Youthcue Choirs Inc., and Student Music Metro Conferences. Recently, Rodgers was selected to conduct a portion of Handel’s Messiah in a masterclass with Helmuth Rilling at the ACDA National Convention Salt Lake City. Previously, he has been a guest conductor for the Lee Honor Choir, Hamilton County Honor Choir (TN), clinician for Louisiana’s District II Women’s Honor Choir, and YouthCue Choirs summer festival choir in Washington DC. Currently, Rodgers is a regular article contributor for YouthCue Choirs, Inc. and their online service, CueWeb, serving conductors of church student choirs. He is also on the editorial board for Creator, ACDA’s journal for Music in Worship.

    In addition to his conducting and scholarly activities, Jonathan is an active pianist, church musician, and arranger. His choral arrangements have been published with Walton Music, Pavane, and Colla Voce and performed by high schools, colleges, and churches across the U.S. His works have been performed at Kentucky All-State weekend, ACDA Conventions, and most recently at Carnegie Hall. Rodgers' works have also been featured on recordings by the Brigham Young University Women’s Chorus and The Southern Chorale of the University of Southern Mississippi.

    Jonathan has been married to his wife Alicia for thirteen years, and they live in Cleveland, Tennessee with their three children: Savannah, Leighton, and Brooks.

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