Jonathan  Rodgers
Area Coordinator of Music and Worship, Director of the Samford Worship Collective, Faculty Fellow, The Center for Worship and the Arts
School of the Arts
Division of Music
403 Buchanan Hall

Jonathan Rodgers has been directing choirs in the school, university, and church for over twenty years. Currently, he is Assistant Professor of Music and Worship in the School of the Arts at Samford University (Birmingham, AL). Most recently, he was the Minister of Worship Arts at Hunter Street Baptist Church and, prior to that, was Assistant Professor of Choral Music at Lee University (Cleveland, TN).

As a clinician and presenter, Rodgers has been a guest conductor for honor choirs in Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, and Louisiana. He has also presented sessions at National ACDA Conventions, state MEA conventions in Mississippi, Tennessee, and Georgia, and other conferences including Baylor University’s Alleluia, and YouthCUE Choirs Inc. His choirs have performed at state MEA conferences and collectively he has led over twenty-five extended choir tours across the U.S. and internationally. He is a member the Hymn Society, the Society for Christian Scholarship in Music, and the Global Ethnodoxology Network. Additionally, he holds memberships with Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Pi Kappa Lambda, Sigma Alpha Iota as a “Friend of the Arts.” Rodgers also currently serves as president-elect on the Executive Council for the Southern Baptist Church Music Conference.

Rodgers earned the Bachelor of Music in Music Education and Master of Music in Church Music degrees 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 nationalist composer Cyrillus Kreek.

In addition to worship ministry, conducting, and scholarly activities, Jonathan is an active pianist, church musician, composer, and arranger. His works have been published with Walton Music, Pavane, and Colla Voce and performed by churches, high schools, and colleges at honor choir festivals and ACDA conventions across the nation—even Carnegie Hall. Jonathan has been married to his wife Alicia for twenty-one years, and they have four children: Savannah, Leighton, Brooks, and Gabe.