Lipscomb University's Chamber Orchestra presents a concert of works for strings each semester. The orchestra is also combined with winds for the musical production each fall semester and for other special programs.
Select members of the Chamber Orchestra may be selected to perform in the Avalon Trio, under the supervision of Dr. Jerome Reed. This trio is devoted to the performance of classical chamber music for violin, viola and cello. Other chamber groups may be organized as talent warrants. Participation is open to outstanding students who are members of the Lipscomb Chamber Orchestra.
Dr. Steve Rhodes, Director of Instrumental Ensembles
Dr. Stephen L. Rhodes, professor of music, directs the University Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, and String Ensemble. He teaches courses in conducting, secondary music education, instrumental methods, instrumentation, and History of Jazz. He received the D.A. degree in instrumental conducting and the M.M. degree in brass performance from the University of Northern Colorado. He received the B.M.Ed. degree from Abilene Christian University. Prior to coming to Lipscomb Dr. Rhodes taught in the Friona and Abilene public schools in Texas. Dr. Rhodes's publications include the articles "William Schumann: Chester Overture for Band", "Programming for bands with limited instrumentation", and "Shades of silence". Dr. Rhodes' book, "A History of the Wind Band," is available online. He is founder and director of the Nashville Wind Ensemble, a group of select musicians who perform band literature of high quality. He also serves as co-conductor of the Nashville Double Reed Ensemble. Dr. Rhodes has served as guest adjudicator/conductor for numerous ensembles from the elementary to the university level, as well as serving as judge and clinician for a variety of music festivals. He is a regular conductor for the Tennessee Governor's School for the Arts.