• The 2018 Lee University Honor Choir will take place February 2-3. Below are the biographies for our 2018 Honor Choir conductors.

    Dr. Jonathan Rodgers

    Jonathan Rodgers
    Jonathan Rodgers,
     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. William R. Green

    William R. Green
    Dr. William R. Green serves as the Dean of the School of Music at Lee University.  As Professor of Choral Music, he 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.  Dr. 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 Faure, 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.

    Ensembles conducted by Dr. Green have performed in major venues around the world including St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City, St. Mark’s Cathedral in Venice, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Christ Church in Dublin, and Carnegie Hall in New York City. In January of 2013 Dr. Green was privileged to conduct the Lee University Festival Choir at the 57th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, DC. 

    He is active nationally and internationally as a guest conductor, adjudicator and clinician and has presented workshops throughout the United States, as well as in Central America and Israel. 

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