Dr. Rodney H. Caldwell serves as the Director of Choral Studies and Coordinator of Vocal Studies at Mars Hill University, where he conducts The Mars Hill University Choir, Chamber Singers, and Women's Ensemble. Prior to his appointment at Mars Hill, Dr. Caldwell served as the Director of Choral Activities at Georgia Southern University and as the Stretansky Distinguished Professor of Choral Music and Director of Choral Activities at Susquehanna University. Most recently, Dr. Caldwell was in a professional position as conductor-in-residence for MidAmerica Productions in New York.
Dr. Caldwell earned a B.A. in Music Education from Luther College, and his M.M. and D.M.A in Conducting from The University of Arizona. He has studied conducting with Weston Noble, Maurice Skones, Kenneth Jennings, Thomas Hilbish, and Jerry McCoy.
Choirs under Dr. Caldwell’s direction have performed for the American Choral Directors Association, the National Association for Music Education, and for the Choristers Guild. His choirs have also been heard in some of the most recognized venues in the world (including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Spivey Hall, the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., and the Basilica di San Pietro in Vaticano in Vatican City).
Dr. Caldwell has held several leadership positions in NAFME and ACDA at the state, regional, and national levels, and is also a frequent guest conductor and clinician, having conducted over 50 honor choirs throughout the United States and Europe.