D.M.A., Louisiana State University; M.M. University of South Carolina; B.M., East Carolina University. A native of North Carolina, mezzo-soprano Jami Rhodes is currently Assistant Professor of Voice at East Carolina University where she teaches applied studio voice and coordinates the vocal pedagogy program. Dr. Rhodes has also taught in the NC public school system and currently serves on the voice faculty of the New York State Summer School for the Arts (NYSSSA). She is an active member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and serves as co-advisor for ECU’s student NATS chapter. Dr. Rhodes’ students have won top prizes at NC NATS, the Classical Singer Vocal Competition, and the Orpheus National Vocal Competition, and have gone on to pursue advanced degrees at prestigious institutions throughout the country.
Also an active performer in a variety of genres, Dr. Rhodes holds a number of favorite operatic roles to her credit including Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte, Baba in The Medium, Madame de Croissy in Dialogues of the Carmelites, Jo in Little Women, Charlotte in Werther, Lucretia in The Rape of Lucretia, Florence Pike in Albert Herring, The Old Lady in Candide and the title role in Bizet’s Carmen. Dr. Rhodes has been a winner in the Orpheus National Vocal Competition and a District Winner and Regional Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. She has sung with Des Moines Metro Opera, Nashville Opera, Central City Opera, Lake George Opera, Opera in the Ozarks, the Ohio Light Opera, North Carolina Opera, the Greenville Choral Society and Orchestra, the Choral Society of Durham, the Louisiana Sinfonietta, the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, the South Carolina Philharmonic, the Clemson Symphony Orchestra, the Wilmington Symphony, Symphony of the Mountains, and the Austin Symphony.
Also a frequent of the concert stage, Dr. Rhodes has been heard as mezzo-soprano soloist in a number of works including Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Verdi’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Saint-Saëns’ Oratorio de Noël, Bach’s Magnificat, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Mozart’s Requiem, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, Brahms’ Alto Rhapsody, Rossini’s Petit Messe Solennelle, and Schoenberg’s Pierrot lunaire. Her recording of Dinos Constantinides’ Marche de Galvez with the Louisiana Sinfonietta and Schola Cantorum was released by Centaur Records in February of 2008. Praised for her “impeccable comic timing” and “lovable and unique” characterizations, Dr. Rhodes is also active in operetta and cross-over repertoire. Her portrayal of the Baroness von Krakenfeldt can be heard on the Ohio Light Opera’s recording of Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Grand Duke released by Albany Records in 2003.
Recent and upcoming appearances include performances of Dominick Argento’s critically acclaimed song cycles From the Diary of Virginia Woolf and Miss Manners on Music, Oskar Morawetz’ dramatic scena From the Diary of Anne Frank, Rossini’s cantata Giovanna D’Arco, Mahler's Lieder eines fahrenden gesellen, Haydn’s cantata Arianna a Naxos, Britten’s A Charm of Lullabies and Canticle II, Dvořák’s Cigánské Melodie, Op. 25, Falla’s Siete canciones populares Españolas, and mezzo-soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s Magnificat, Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle, Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass, Mozart’s Requiem, Brahms’ Alto Rhapsody, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Tippet’s A Child of Our Time, and a concert version of Bizet’s Carmen.
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