• The 2017 Lee University Honor Choir will take place February 10-11. Below are the biographies for our 2017 Honor Choir conductors.

    Dr. Jonathan Rodgers

    Jonathan Rodgers
    Jonathan Rodgers,
    Conductor
     Jonathan Rodgers is Assistant Professor of Choral Music in Lee University’s School of Music. His responsibilities include conducting the Ladies of Lee and Choral Union, 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 and Mississippi MENC/ACDA conferences. He has also given presentations at Youthcue Choirs and Student Music Metro Conferences. Currently, he is a regular article contributor for YouthCue Choirs, Inc. and their online service, CueWeb, serving conductors of church student choirs. 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. 

    In addition to his conducting and scholarly activities, Jonathan is an active pianist, church musician, and arranger. His arrangements have been published with Walton Music, Pavane, and Colla Voce and performed by high schools, colleges, and churches across the U.S. Recently, he was commissioned to write the closing piece for the Kentucky TTBB All-State choir, and his works have 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 twelve years, and they have three children: Savannah, Leighton, and Brooks.

    Mr. Stacey V. Gibbs

    Stacey V. Gibbs
    Stacey V. Gibbs
    Conductor
    Stacey V. Gibbs is a prolific and highly sought after composer arranger. Best known for arrangements of spirituals, he is highly acclaimed for his ability to infused new energy into familiar pieces without sacrificing their authenticity or power. In the summer of 2015, Gibbs was commissioned to compose a piece for the installation of Elwood L. Robinson, Ph.D., as the 13th chancellor of Winston-Salem State University. After several engaging conversations with Chancellor Robinson, Gibbs composed Holdin' On! to be performed by the University and Alumni Choirs.

    Maestro Gibbs' spirituals have been performed by The United State Air Force Sergeant, The St. Olaf Choir, The Stellenbosch University Choir of South Africa, the Winston-Salem State University Singing Rams, The Wartburg Choir, The University of Southern California (USC) Thornton Chamber Singers, and many other college, university and high school choral ensembles both domestically and internationally. His music has been programmed at all state festivals, National Association of Music Educators (MENC) Festivals, The World Choir Games, and regional and national American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) Conventions.

    The music of Stacey V. Gibbs is published by Gentry Publications, Pavane Publishing, National Music Publishers, Alliance Music, and Hinshaw Music. His settings may also be found under The Jo-Michael Scheibe Choral Series at Santa Barbara Music Publishers, Colla Voce Music and Walton Music Publishers. He Currently has 43 settings published for SATB, SSAA and TTBB ensembles.

    The Stacey V. Gibbs Chorale Series with Gentry Publications debuted in February 2010, with Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel. It was listed as the "Editor's Choice" in 2010 by J.W. Pepper. Didn't It Rain: The Spirituals of Stacey V. Gibbs, recorded by the Sunday Night Singers of California, was released in 2012; and his setting of Way Over in Beulah Lan' was performed at the 57th Inaugural service for President Barack Obama. Recently, the Winston-Salem State University Singing Rams' video of Gibbs' setting of Rockin' Jerusalem was the December (2014) and July (2015) featured video for the Santa Barbara Music Publishing, Inc.

    Great God Almighty was selected for the Texas All State Choir for 2013-2014 and was recently performed by the USC Chamber Singers at The X World Choral Symposium in China. Noted conductor and composer, Z. Randall Stroope selected Gibb's Way Over in Beulah Lan' for the Festival International Chorale in Rome. The setting of Old Time Religion and Ain't Got Time to Die and the double choir arrangement of Soon I Will Be Done debuted at the ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 2015.

    Mr. Gibbs serves as clinician (nationally and internationally) for university, high school, professional, and church choral organizations. He attended Kentucky State University where he served as student conductor. A management professional with 18 years of experience, Mr. Gibbs holds membership in the ACDA and the NANM. Currently, he resides in Detroit, Michigan. 

Music Events Calendar

10/10
Jr. Recital: Logan Fox, cello
Begins at 6:00 PM | Read more

Squires Recital Hall
Jr. Recital: Logan Fox, cello
1230 Parker Street NE, Cleveland, TN 37311
10/10
Sr. Recital: Melissa Dishner, mezzo-soprano & Anna McBride, soprano
Begins at 8:00 PM | Read more

Squires Recital Hall
Sr. Recital: Melissa Dishner, mezzo-soprano & Anna McBride, soprano
1230 Parker Street NE, Cleveland, TN 37311
10/11
Student Recital: Audra Daniel, soprano & Danae Pick, soprano
Begins at 6:00 PM | Read more

Squires Recital Hall
Student Recital: Audra Daniel, soprano & Danae Pick, soprano
1230 Parker Street NE, Cleveland, TN 37311
10/11
Wind Ensemble Concert
Begins at 7:30 PM | Read more

Conn Center
Wind Ensemble Concert

Address: 150 11th St NE, Cleveland, TN 37311

Wind Ensemble is directed by Dr. David R. Holsinger, professor of music, a renowned composer and national band clinician. The ensemble...

10/21
Graduate Vocal Auditions
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Graduate Vocal Auditions
For more information, please contact the Office of Graduate Studies in Music, gradmusic@leeuniversity.edu, (423)-614-8245
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