Dr. Jennifer Rodgers is a lecturer in choral music at Iowa State University where she directs the Cantamus and Lyrica ensembles. With a bachelor’s and master’s degree in performance, Dr. Rodgers is a voice pedagogue dedicated to work in the choral setting. While completing her DMA in Choral Conducting from the University of Washington, she served as the voice instructor and program coordinator for musical theater majors. Her own performances span from opera and concert work to theater and commercial/contemporary styles.
Dr. Rodgers’ primary area of research is the definition and training of the choral singing voice and the development of an expanded field of choral pedagogy. She has also presented internationally on the topic of musical self-image and avocational adult singers, and has a growing body of published work and presentation in choral relevance – a movement to examine the field of choral music through a lens of inclusivity and connective dialogue.
Prior to her appointment at ISU and her doctoral work in Seattle, Dr. Rodgers was a freelance conductor, voice teacher, and performer in the Washington, DC area. She founded a non-profit theater company that forges relationships between educational and community service organizations and has used her love of creative programming and social change to re-envision two large community choruses as their Artistic Director.