• Lee University

    Honor Choir

  • Dr. Jonathan Rodgers

    rodgers-headshot Jonathan Rodgers is Assistant Professor of Church Music in the Lee School of Music. He teaches church music courses as well as a variety of other course offerings including Music in Culture, Piano, and Conducting. 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, where he studied conducting with Milburn Price. He recently completed his 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 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 assisted 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 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. Previously, he has been a guest conductor for the YouthCue Choirs summer festival choir in Washington DC and clinician for Louisiana’s District II Women’s Honor Choir.

    In addition to his conducting and scholarly activities, Jonathan 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 has been married to his wife Alicia for eleven years, and they have three children - Savannah, Leighton, and Brooks.

    Dr. Cameron LaBarr

     labarr-headshotA native of Richmond, Missouri, Dr. Cameron F. LaBarr is assistant professor of choral music at Lee University, where he conducts the Lee University Choral Union and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in conducting, choral literature, and choral techniques. Formerly, he served as conductor of the University of North Texas Men’s Chorus and taught undergraduate conducting. He holds a Bachelor of Music from Missouri State University, where he studied with Dr. Guy B. Webb, and a Master of Music and a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of North Texas, where he studied choral conducting with Dr. Jerry McCoy and orchestral conducting with Maestro David Itkin. In the summer of 2012, Dr. LaBarr served as conducting fellow at the Yale International Choral Festival and the Sarteano (Italy) Chamber Choir Workshop.

    As an advocate for community singing, LaBarr has been associate conductor of the Dallas RotaryMen’s Chorus and the Denton Bach Society. He has served at various churches in Missouri and Texas, most recently at Christ United Methodist Church in Plano, Texas where he conducted the youth choirs and founded the Wesley Chorale. In May of 2010, LaBarr led the Wesley Chorale on tour in England and Wales, performing concerts in Cardiff, Worcester, Epworth, Oxford, and at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London.

    Dr. LaBarr has worked as guest conductor and clinician for various schools and festivals across the United States. He holds memberships with the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), the National Collegiate Choral Organization (NCCO), theNational Association for Music Education (NAfME), Chorus America, and has served on the board for the Dallas chapter of Choristers Guild. Dr. LaBarr has presented interest sessions on male chorus literature and programming at the Northwestern (Seattle) and Western (Reno) divisional conferences of ACDA. In 2012-2013, Dr. LaBarr will guest conduct and present choral sessions in Alaska, Iowa, Georgia, Maryland, Missouri, North Dakota, Tennessee, and Texas.

    Cameron and his wife Susan reside in Cleveland, Tennessee, where she works as choral editor and journal editor for Choristers Guild and publishes music of her own through Santa Barbara MusicPublishing (CA). Currently, Susan is serving her second year as Missouri Composer Laureate.

    Dr. William Green

    green-headshotWilliam R. Green is the Dean of the School of Music at Lee University, where he oversees a broad program of undergraduate and graduate music degrees with dedicated study in performance, music education, church music, or music business. As a Professor of Choral Music, he also conducts the Lee University Chorale and teaches graduate and undergraduate conducting. He earned the Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting from the University of Kentucky and the Master of Music from Georgia State University. Green performed and recorded with Robert Shaw as a member of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus and Chamber Chorus. The impact of this musical experience led Green to doctoral research on Shaw’s techniques on rhythm and phrasing, specifically in relation to the works of J.S. Bach.

    In addition to his work with Shaw, Green has collaborated with many of the leading conductors of our time, including John Rutter, Yoel Levi, Z. Randall Stroope, Ann Howard Jones, and Jefferson Johnson. He has led performances of many of the major works for chorus and orchestra, including Handel’s Messiah, the Requiems of Mozart and Fauré, Brahms’ Ein Deutches Requiem, Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy and Mass in C Major, Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music, and the works of Bach, Britten, Poulenc, Vivaldi, and Schubert, among others.

    He is active nationally and internationally as a guest conductor, adjudicator and clinician, most recently working with choirs from Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee and South Carolina. He has presented workshops throughout the United States, as well as in Central America and Israel.