William Skoog, Director
Rhodes Singers originated in 1937 under the direction of Professor Louis Nicholas (′34) who organized the first choral ensemble at Rhodes College in 1934. Burnet C. Tuthill formalized choral music performance with the establishment of the Rhodes Singers as the concert choir for the College, established the tradition of an annual, national choir tour, and was a co-founder of the National Association of the Schools of Music. Since then, Tony Garner, Timothy Sharp and Mona Kreitner have served as directors of this ensemble, and William Skoog is beginning his sixth year as director.
Today, Rhodes Singers performs many concerts annually, tours throughout the United States, and tours internationally. In 2010, Rhodes Singers participated in the Rome International Choral Festival, and have performed concert tours in Italy and France. In 2011, they performed, by invitation, at the National Cathedral, in Washington D.C., and at the Kennedy Center, for a special Presidents′ Day Concert. This year, the group toured Atlanta, Georgia and Birmingham, Alabama. In 2015, the choir will tour the Eastern seaboard, and plans are under way for a tour of the Czech Republic and Germany in 2016.
In 2001 the Rhodes Singers toured in Italy and Switzerland and were the featured choir at the International Church Music Festival in Bern, Switzerland, directed by Sir David Willcocks. In 2002 the Rhodes Singers were featured with composer Morten Lauridsen in the performance of his "Les Chansons des Roses" with the composer in residence. In 2004 the Rhodes Singers performed at Carnegie Hall in an all-Lauridsen concert. Rhodes Singers have several recordings to their credit, most recently recording "Christmas at St. Mary′s Vol. V” from 2010.