D.M.A., University of Southern MississippiM.M., Samford UniversityB.M., Samford UniversityAssistant Professor of Choral MusicA native of Memphis, Tennessee, Jonathan Rodgers holds the Bachelor of Music in Music Education and Master of Music in Church Music from Samford University, where he studied conducting with Milburn Price. He recently completed the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral Conducting at the University of Southern Mississippi, where he studied conducting with Gregory Fuller. His scholarly research and dissertation focuses on the choral singing tradition of Estonian and, specifically, the choral folksongs of Estonian composer Cyrillus Kreek. While at Southern Miss, Rodgers directed the women’s chorus and worked with the flagship ensemble, the Southern Chorale, as rehearsal assistant and accompanist. In addition, he was accompanist for the Southern Hymn Festival (under the direction of Mack Wilberg), continuo player for 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 a 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. Recently, he has been guest conductor for the YouthCue Choirs summer festival choir in Washington, D.C., as well as the Louisiana District II Women’s Honor Choir.In addition to his conducting and scholarly activities, Rodgers is an active pianist, church musician, and composer. As a pianist, he has given concerts in churches throughout the South, and has also been accompanist for various schools and hymn festivals. His arrangements have been published with Walton Music and Colla Voce, and performed by Mountain Brook and Hoover High Schools in Birmingham, Alabama, the University of Southern Mississippi Southern Chorale, and the Brigham Young University Women’s Chorus.Jonathan is married to Alicia and they have three children - Savannah, Leighton, and Brooks.
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