Instrumental Studies at Rhodes

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Follow our page to learn more about instrumental performances at Rhodes College, including the Rhodes Orchestra, Rhodes Jazz Ensemble, student chamber ensembles, and performances by our world class faculty.

The Department of Music at Rhodes College is committed to graduating intelligent, passionate music advocates and leaders in music. We are located in Midtown Memphis, where the city is our campus and students become skilled musicians in a real musical community that prepares them for work after college, whether this is in performing, graduate study (in performance, theory, composition, or history),

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Rhodes College Orchestra, Conductor Evan Williams Are National Finalists in The American Prize Competitions | Rhodes News 07/21/2021

Rhodes College Orchestra, Conductor Evan Williams Are National Finalists in The American Prize Competitions | Rhodes News

Rhodes College Orchestra, Conductor Evan Williams Are National Finalists in The American Prize Competitions | Rhodes News The Rhodes College Orchestra is a finalist in the college/university division of The American Prize national non-profit competitions in the performing arts. The orchestra is being recognized for a 2018 performance of Terry Riley’s In C, including video by Karl Erickson, assistant professor of art ...

Finalists: ORCHESTRAS, 2021 07/10/2021

Finalists: ORCHESTRAS, 2021

The Rhodes Orchestra has been selected as Finalists in the College Orchestral Performance Division for the American Prize for our 2018 performance of Terry Riley’s In C, featuring live video by Professor Karl Erickson!

Enjoy the video of the performance posted in the comments!

http://theamericanprize.blogspot.com/2021/06/finalists-orchestras-2021.html?m=1

Finalists: ORCHESTRAS, 2021 The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts, David Volosin Katz, founder and chief judge, is pleased to announ...

Photos from Instrumental Studies at Rhodes's post 05/14/2021

Congratulations to our graduating seniors! We thank them for their wonderful contributions to the orchestra, and wish them well with their future endeavors!

Photos from Instrumental Studies at Rhodes's post 04/16/2021

The orchestra was honored today to put on our first live show since February 2020 for a small audience of Rhodes faculty, staff, and students in Fisher Memorial Garden!

We look forward to returning to live and open concerts in the Fall!

In C at Rhodes College 03/19/2021

In C at Rhodes College

Proud to announce that the Rhodes Orchestra has been named a semi-finalist in the College Orchestra performance division of the American Prize for our 2018 performance of Terry Riley’s In C, featuring live video by Prof. Karl Erickson and lighting by Marcus Tate ‘19.

Learn more about the American Prize here: https://theamericanprize.blogspot.com/2021/03/semi-finalists-orchestras-2021.html?m=1

https://vimeo.com/301300749

In C at Rhodes College In C by Terry Riley performed by The Rhodes Orchestra under the direction of Evan Williams. I did live video processing to accompany the music. Performed October…

03/02/2021

We are so honored to be hosting Pultizer Prize and Grammy Award-winning composer, musician, and producer Caroline Shaw as our Springfield Lecturer this year!

This virtual event will include performances by members of the Rhodes Orchestra, the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, and Shaw herself.

Best of all, the event is free and open to the public! Register today for this incredible event!

We are so honored to be hosting Pultizer Prize and Grammy Award-winning composer, musician, and producer Caroline Shaw as our Springfield Lecturer this year!

This virtual event will include performances by members of the Rhodes Orchestra, the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, and Shaw herself.

Best of all, the event is free and open to the public! Register today for this incredible event!

choose901.com 12/17/2020

Music Industry Pros Train Next Generation of Memphis Stars

Great spotlight on the work of our Rhodes Orchestra students and interim director Dr. Jonathan Schallert!

https://choose901.com/music-industry-pros-train-next-generation-of-memphis-stars/

choose901.com In Memphis, the music is everywhere: the streets, the parks, the bars, the venues. It’s often free and always great. Well, at least it was—and we hope it will be soon. But the music is still out there, happening in ways that might surprise you, with nationally known and award-winning pros traini...

11/25/2020

Rhodes Orchestra: Blue Ridge Reel, Brian Balmages

Rhodes Orchestra performs Brian Balmages' Blue Ridge Reel.

05/17/2020

Instrumental Studies at Rhodes

Rhodes Orchestra 2020 Seniors 04/24/2020

Tomorrow was meant to be the final Rhodes Orchestra and Wind Ensemble concert of the academic year. It would have been the ensemble's opportunity to share their hard work with our supportive community. It also would have been our chance to recognize the work of three fantastic graduating seniors: Harley Chapman, Clay Hausberger, and Sam Naids.

While we cannot recognize them in person, please join us in recognizing them virtually, and wishing them all the best in their future endeavors!

Tomorrow was meant to be the final Rhodes Orchestra and Wind Ensemble concert of the academic year. It would have been the ensemble's opportunity to share their hard work with our supportive community. It also would have been our chance to recognize the work of three fantastic graduating seniors: Harley Chapman, Clay Hausberger, and Sam Naids.

While we cannot recognize them in person, please join us in recognizing them virtually, and wishing them all the best in their future endeavors!

04/16/2020

MSO Performs Rossini's Classic Overture from the Opera, "William Tell"

Members of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, including Rhodes College faculty Iren Zombor and Rena Feller, perform Rossini’s William Tell Overture!

From the MSO Quarantine Sessions | In support of our dear friends at Opera Memphis here is your Memphis Symphony Orchestra and Music Director, Robert Moody p...

03/22/2020

Appalachian Spring - Musicians of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra

Inspiring video by musicians of the Toronto Symphony! Appalachian Spring was the closing work of our concert this April. We’re excited to continue our work on it in the Fall!

Sending love to everyone in Toronto and across the world. No matter what distance keeps us apart, we’ll still find ways to make music together and celebrate ...

03/21/2020

Instrumental Studies at Rhodes

While we may be saddened that the Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, and Jazz Band cannot present their final concerts of the academic year, we look forward to returning in the Fall to make music, in the words of Leonard Bernstein, "more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before."

In the meantime, celebrate Bach's birthday with us, with the finale of last year's season, his Fantasia in G orchestrated by Dr. Williams and performed with Dr. Jane Gamble.

The grand finale of "Bach to the Future" and the Rhodes Orchestra's 2018/19 season: Bach's Fantasia in G, arranged by Dr. Evan Williams, with Dr. Jane Gamble on organ.

03/08/2020

Loved hosting the combined bands of Notre Dame Academy today, all the way from Green Bay, WI!

Lots of fun and wonderful music-making with these students!

03/08/2020

Our students may be on Spring Break, but we’re all set to host a band clinic with the students of Notre Dame Academy, all the way from Green Bay, WI!

All set to lead a band clinic with the students of Notre Dame Academy, all the way from Green Bay, WI!

02/19/2020

On Monday night, we enjoyed a fantastic recital by flute professor Jenny Davis!

02/03/2020

The Mathematics of Music: Drawing Inspiration from Different Disciplines

As we prepare for the Rhodes Instrumental Showcase: “At the Movies”, we take a look back at our Fall 2019 Orchestra Concert: The Mathematics of Music with Clay Hausberger ('20) and Dr. Evan Williams.

10/17/2019

Last Friday, the Rhodes Orchestra was honored to host Dr. Michael Shults, Professor of Saxophone at the University of Memphis, for rehearsal and masterclass. Dr. Shults will be the featured soloist on orchestra’s October 27th concert, The Mathematics of Music (https://www.facebook.com/events/546739325869514/?ti=icl), performing Wild Velvet, a baritone saxophone concerto by Rhodes Director of Instrumental Activities Evan Williams.

After the rehearsal, Dr. Shults led an enlightening masterclass with Rhodes saxophonists Conrad Staiger (class of 2019) and Clay Hausberger (class of 2020).

Join us next Sunday to hear Dr. Shults’s incredible performance!

10/17/2019

Attention students!!

09/29/2019

Congrats to Dr. David Shotsberger and the Rhodes Jazz Band for an incredible evening of music at the Levitt Shell!

08/20/2019

Rhodes College Orchestra Auditions begin tomorrow!

Rhodes Orchestra: Bach to the Future 06/26/2019

Photos by Justin Fox Burks

Photos by Justin Fox Burks

04/28/2019

The grand finale of "Bach to the Future" and the Rhodes Orchestra's 2018/19 season: Bach's Fantasia in G, arranged by Dr. Evan Williams, with Dr. Jane Gamble on organ.

04/23/2019

Listening Guide: Jennifer Jolley Spielzeug Straßenbahn

It was a pleasure to have Jennifer Jolley present on her piece Spielzeug Straßenbahn to composition students at Rhodes today!

Check out this amazing video on the inspirations for this imaginative piece!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8uHYQlPNngs

Learn more about Jennifer Jolley's work Spielzeug Straßenbahn. http://www.upchamberorchestra.org/lineage--heritage-ii.html https://www.jenniferjolley.com/

04/19/2019

Thanks so much to Wenyih Yu and the Memphis Symphony Orchestra for spreading the news of our concert!

Please join us on Wednesday for incredible performances of works by Bach, Jennifer Jolley, and myself by the Rhodes Orchestra, with Profs. Yu, Sabrina Hu, and Tom Bryant. Along with Prof. Jane Gamble on organ!

Bach to the Future! Performances from Memphis Symphony Orchestra violinist and Rhodes Professor, Wen Yih Yu April 24th 7:30pm at McNeill Concert Hall. https://www.facebook.com/events/1096352740571498/

icareifyoulisten.com 03/28/2019

The Myth of the Composer-Genius

A recent article by new Director of Instrumental Studies, Prof. Evan Williams, about how we view composers of the past and the need for diversity in the Classical repertoire.

Cultural, gender, and genre diversity are a priority of the Instrumental Studies program at Rhodes College!

https://www.icareifyoulisten.com/2019/03/the-myth-of-the-composer-genius/

icareifyoulisten.com Composer, conductor, and educator Evan Williams dissects the myth of the composer-genius and the harmful implications of perpetuating this narrative.

03/14/2019

We were proud to host the Airlifter Brass of the USAF Band of Mid-America today at Rhodes College!

In addition to their great concert, students got to chat with the group at lunch, and Lt. Brandon Hults led a clinic with the winds and percussion of the Rhodes Orchestra.

11/30/2018

Great night at the Hi Tone with the Rhodes College Jazz Band!

10/30/2018

Instrumental Studies at Rhodes's cover photo

09/16/2018
09/16/2018

We're having a great time at Rhodes Jazz Night at Levitt Shell!

08/25/2018

Instrumental Studies at Rhodes

08/25/2018

Instrumental Studies at Rhodes

08/25/2018

Instrumental Studies at Rhodes's cover photo

04/20/2018

Instrumental Studies at Rhodes

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The Department of Music at Rhodes College is committed to graduating intelligent, passionate music advocates and leaders in music. We are located in Midtown Memphis, where the city is our campus and students become skilled musicians in a real musical community that prepares them for work after college, whether this is in performing, graduate study (in performance, theory, composition, or history), or the pursuit of another passion. The Rhodes experience combines the best of the classroom and the real world—through performances, internships, service, research and other opportunities in Memphis and far beyond.

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The Mathematics of Music: Drawing Inspiration from Different Disciplines
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