• The 2016 Lee University Honor Choir will take place February 12-13. Below are the biographies for our 2016 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.

    Dr. Ryan Fisher

    Dr. Ryan Fisher
    Ryan Fisher,
    Conductor
    Ryan Fisher, Assistant Professor of Music Education and Associate Director of Choral Activities at the University of Memphis, conducts the Chamber Choir and is coordinator of the Music Education Division. The UofM Chamber Choir recently performed at the 2015 Tennessee Music Education Association conference. He has studied conducting with David Holsinger, Jerry McCoy, Henry Gibbons, and Anton Armstrong. Before coming to the University of Memphis, Dr. Fisher served as Assistant Professor of Music Education at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, AR where he directed the University Chorus and Central Arkansas Children’s Choir. Under his direction, CACC performed at the 2010 Arkansas Music Educators Association Fall Conference and made frequent appearances with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and Conway Symphony Orchestra. He also served as the President-Elect of the Arkansas Music Educators Association and currently serves on the National Association for Music Education-Choral Council.

    Dr. Fisher’s previous teaching experience also includes elementary music, middle school chorus, and high school chorus in Texas where he received numerous teaching awards.

    Dr. Fisher is an active choral clinician and researcher. He earned a BME from Lee University, a MM in choral conducting and a PhD in music education from the University of North Texas. His research interests involve the male voice change, assessment in music education, and music education technology. His writings have been published in the various journals including Journal of Research in Music Education, Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, and Update: Applications of Research in Music Education.

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6/12
International Piano Festival and Competition
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International Piano Festival and Competition
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6/13
International Piano Festival and Competition
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International Piano Festival and Competition
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6/14
International Piano Festival and Competition
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International Piano Festival and Competition
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6/15
International Piano Festival and Competition
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International Piano Festival and Competition
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6/16
International Piano Festival and Competition
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