Jonathan Rodgers is Assistant Professor of Choral Conducting in Lee University’s School of Music. His responsibilities including 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.
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.
2016 Breakout Sessions
Behind the veil: Discovering the world of millenials
In this session we will seek to answer questions about the students that are in our youth choirs : Who are they? What challenges do they face? What inspires them? Are teenagers different than they were 20-30 years ago? What are their needs mentally, emotionally, socially? It is sure to be an eye-opening journey.
The heartbeat of youth choir: Relevance, Retreat, and Relationships
Together we will discover some of the invaluable benefits of youth choir ministry. These things really are the heartbeat and lifeblood of any great youth choir program, but they don’t happen accidentally. With care, determination, and focus we create an atmosphere where these essentials can flourish.
The keys to success: Passion, Programming, Preparation, Presentation
The essence of youth choir involves making music and leading people. In this tool-sharpening session, we will unpack these four areas that help ensure that the work of our youth choirs is done with excellence and effectiveness.
Culture and Choir: Friends or Foes?
Are these two entities really in conflict with one another? Some say yes. Some say no. In this more interactive, discussion based session, we will exchange ideas and personal experiences that will help us understand how culture is influencing choral music and how choral music can influence culture. Come ready to share your experiences and insights.