Jonathan Rodgers is Assistant Professor of Choral Conducting at Lee University’s School of Music where he conducts the Ladies of Lee and Choral Union. Additional responsibilities include teaching classes in conducting, literature, and rehearsal techniques, overseeing the choral conducting curriculum, and supervising conductors in the graduate choral conducting program. Under Rodgers’ leadership, the Ladies of Lee have taken fall and spring tours throughout the South and have been invited performers at the Biltmore Estate’s “Candlelight Christmas” and the Tennessee Music Education Association 2017 convention. In 2016, the choir embarked on a tour to Goa, India to work with Rahab’s Rope, an organization that serves victims of human trafficking. The 2018 summer mission tour will be in Costa Rica.
Rodgers is an active member of the American Choral Directors Association, the National Collegiate Choral Organization, and the National Association for Music Education. As a clinician and presenter, Rodgers has been a guest conductor for honor choirs in Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, and Louisiana. He has also presented at the 2011 National ACDA Convention, state MEA conventions in Mississippi, Tennessee, and Georgia, and other conferences including Baylor University’s Alleluia, YouthCUE Choirs Inc., and Student Music Metro. Rodgers is on the editorial team for ACDA’s division of Music in Worship and is a member of the repertoire review committee for Choral Journal. He is active as a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Pi Kappa Lambda, and as a “Friend of the Arts” in Sigma Alpha Iota.
2018 Breakout Sessions
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.
The Missing Link: Fostering Non-Musical Connections in Rehearsal
In the pursuit of making excellent music, one can often overlook intangible elements of the music-making process. These elements often include shared experiences, goals, student/conductor interaction, and purposeful activities associated with the choral music experience. This session will discuss ways to create a communal environment through shared experiences within the choral ensemble that, when combined with well-rehearsed music, help yield a dynamic musical product.
Demolition Derby: Building, Renovating, Reimagining Student Choirs
Many churches have given up on student choir and realized the error of their ways. They are seeking to go back and start their student choir ministry over from scratch. Some are stepping into new ministry positions and need to make some drastic changes to make way for future success. Whatever the situation, we will discuss ways to get a student choir program going in the right direction after it has not existed or after it has stalled.
Previous Sessions from Jonathan Rodgers at Alleluia