• The 2015 Lee University Honor Choir will take place February 6-7. Below are the biographies for our 2015 Honor Choir conductors.

    Dr. Jonathan Rodgers

    Jonathan Rodgers
    Jonathan Rodgers,
    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.

    Lynnel Joy Jenkins

    Lynnel Joy Jenkins
    Lynnel Joy Jenkins,
    Lynnel Joy Jenkins is in her sixth season as Artistic Director of the Princeton Girl choir and choral teacher at the Timberlane Middle School of the Hopewell Valley Regional School District in Pennington, New Jersey. Jenkins’ varied conducting and teaching experience ranges from the elementary to collegiate level. She has served as Assistant Professor of Music Education at the Westminster Choir College of Rider University and Conductor of the Resident Training Choir at the American Boychoir School in Princeton, New Jersey.

    Jenkins is a choral conductor and music educator of international stature, having lectured and conducted in China, Hong Kong, Iceland, and South Africa. She has served as guest conductor for numerous Honor Choirs, All-States, and Choral Festivals in the United States and as a clinician for several professional music conferences. She currently serves on the conducting faculty for the Vocal Arts Camp of the James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

    Jenkins has earned degrees from Temple University and Westminster Choir College of Rider University, and at both institutions, was awarded the Elaine Brown Conducting Award. She recently was inducted into the Westminster Music Education Alumni Hall of Fame and also received the Westminster Alumni Merit Award. She holds a certificate in Kodály pedagogy from Westminster Choir College of Rider University and Level Two Orff-Schulwerk certification. She is a candidate for a doctor of musical arts degree in choral conducting at the University of Arizona in Tucson.