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 third year as director.
Today, Rhodes Singers perform many concerts annually, tour throughout the United States, and every three years tour internationally. Last summer, they participated in the Rome International Choral Festival, and in 2012 members will participate in the Salzburg Choral Festival, touring also to Vienna and Prague. 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. Also in 2011, they performed several works by Alice Parker, receiving coaching from the distinguished composer and arranger through the Springfield Music lecture series.
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.