M.M. Northern Arizona University
After receiving a BA degree in Music Education from Utah State University, Rhonda Rhodes taught instrumental music in the Washington County School District in Southern Utah for 25 years. Concurrently, she taught Woodwind courses and ensembles at Dixie State University as an adjunct and part-time instructor. She taught for the 2013-14 academic year at Utah State University-Eastern in Price, Utah, directing the band and choir programs. Beginning in August 2014, she became full-time faculty at Dixie State University in Music Education.
Rhonda received a MM Degree in Instrumental Conducting from Northern Arizona University and is currently working on a DMA in Music Education through Boston University. Her dissertation in progress is “Music Education in the Utah Territory, 1850-1896.” Specializing in woodwind doubling, Rhonda plays saxophone, oboe, English horn, clarinet and flute. She has studied with Larry Smith (Saxophone & Jazz, Utah State University), Max Dalby (Conducting & Music Education, Utah State University), Patricia Hoy (Conducting, Northern Arizona University), Rebecca Scarnati (Oboe, Northern Arizona University), She has played woodwinds for the music theater productions at Tuacahn Amphitheater in Ivins, Utah since 2000, and has played oboe in the Southwest Symphony Orchestra in St. George, Utah since 1989. She performs annually on Alto Saxophone for the USU Summer Alumni Concert Band in Logan, Utah. Rhonda is an active music adjudicator and honor band clinician throughout the state of Utah. Highly active in the Utah Music Educators Association (UMEA), she served as Jazz Vice President from 1999-2003 and has been the association’s business manager since 2004. She is faculty advisor to the Dixie State University Collegiate Chapter of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME).