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Phillip Rhodes

Phillip Rhodes

  • Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Humanities and Composer-In-Residence, Emeritus, Music

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PHILLIP RHODES joined the Carleton faculty as Associate Professor and Composer-in-Residence in 1974. He was appointed the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of the Humanities in 1981. Born in western North Carolina in 1940, he received degrees from Duke University and the Yale University School of Music. He developed a research interest in traditional Appalachian music which provided not only the basis for several courses he taught at Carleton, but served as important source material for his compositions as well. Music with Appalachian roots is also the focus of his recently released CD, With A Mountain View, which has received international acclaim. Professor Rhodes has been the recipient of numerous commissions and awards including grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Martha Baird Rockefeller Fund for Music, three grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, a Bush Foundation Fellowship for Artists, the National Opera Association Prize (The Gentle Boy), two Fromm Foundation (Harvard) commissions, and two McKnight Foundation Fellowships. His compositions are published by C.F. Peters, Theodore Presser, EMI, Schott, J. Ballerbach, and Earthsongs Music. Recordings of his works appear on labels including Centaur Records, CRI, First Edition (Louisville), Innova, and New World Records. Major performances of his works include those by the Atlanta Symphony at Carnegie Hall, the Cleveland Orchestra at the Blossom Festival and the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center. A citation from the American Academy of Arts and Letters describes Rhodes' music as "radiating an evocative warmth of expression, while also exhibiting a highly disciplined approach to matters of form, continuity and textual setting." Phillip Rhodes' personal website can be found at:

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