Terry Rhodes (Professor and Senior Associate Dean for Fine Arts and Humanities) received her Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music from the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester, and her Bachelor of Music from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Especially known for her work in contemporary music, she has served on the music faculty since 1987 as UNC Opera Director and a member of the voice faculty, and as departmental chair from 2009–2012. As Senior Associate Dean in the College of Arts & Sciences since 2012, she oversees all departments and programs in the divisions of fine arts and humanities, and assists in the recruitment, development, and retention of faculty in those divisions.
Originally from Raleigh, NC, Dr. Rhodes has performed in more than twenty countries throughout Europe, Central and South America, and across the U.S. At ease both in recital and on the opera/musical theater stage, the soprano has earned a fine reputation as a performer of new works, having presented numerous premieres at home and abroad.
Rhodes premiered Tania Leon’s “Ancients” (a song set based on ancient American texts which opened the “10 x 10” ten-year commissioning series sponsored by Carolina Performing Arts), Allen Anderson’s Instrument of the Tongue, and the multimedia work Iceblink (recorded for DVD on the Centaur label). She has appeared frequently on the Duke University series “Encounters: With the Music of our Time,” with performances including the NC premiere of Unsuk Chin’s Acrostic Wordplay and Stephen Jaffe’s Homage to the Breath.
As the soprano of “Duo Nuovo,” Dr. Rhodes and mezzo Ellen Williams recorded the warmly received discTo Sun, To Feast, and To Converse (Albany Records, Troy 172) of newly recorded duets from the 20th century American song and operatic repertoire, as well as a CD of vocal music by Libby Larsen with pianist Benton Hess (also released on the Albany label). Rhodes and Williams have had a number of duet sets written especially for them: Stephen Jaffe’s Fort Juniper Songs, Timothy Hoekman’s Margarets, and Benton Hess’ Atrocities. They have toured as a duo team throughout Europe and the U.S.
Receiving a Fulbright award as Artist-in-Residence/Lecturer at the Conservatory of Music in Skopje, Macedonia, Dr. Rhodes taught and performed throughout the Balkan and Eastern European region (including Greece, Bulgaria, Hungary, and Poland), with a number of those presentations under the auspices of the U.S. Information Agency. She presented the Budapest premiere of Samuel Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 as soloist with the Duna Symphony Orchestra, appeared as guest artist at the Ohrid International Summer Music Festival in Macedonia, and was a recitalist at the “Music Now Prague” festival in the Czech Republic. Dr. Rhodes presented a series of concerts and master classes in London, as well as in Warsaw and Lodz, Poland, with a culminating solo recital at the Chopin Academy in Warsaw in an official commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of the Fulbright program for international exchange. At the Oregon Bach Festival, Dr. Rhodes appeared as featured soloist in the premiere of Stephen Jaffe’s cantata Songs of Turning. A performer at the international conference “The Art of Elizabeth Bishop” held in Ouro Preto, Brazil, she presented works of Hoiby and Rorem, and she has appeared at New York City’s Lincoln Center performing the music of James Legg.
As a Chapman Fellow at the Institute for the Arts and Humanities, Dr. Rhodes created the one-woman musical/dramatic show Women’s Voices of the Old American West, which she has presented nationally. She has received grants from the Lilly Foundation and the John T. Lupton Fund for undergraduate teaching and has served as faculty liaison/enrichment lecturer for a number of UNC Alumni Association-sponsored tours to Europe, including the “Grand European Cruise,” “Islands of Antiquity,” and the “Mediterranean Grandeur Cruise.” Selected for the UNC Speakers’ Bureau, she presented concerts around the state with colleague/tenor Stafford Wing during the University Bicentennial celebrations, as well as for several years following.
Rhodes has evaluated opera training programs throughout the U.S. for the National Endowment for the Arts. She taught voice to members of the Janiec Opera Company at the Brevard Music Center, was a faculty member at the Corso Internazionale di Musica da Camera in Tuscania, Italy, and has performed and taught since 2003 in Spoleto, Italy as a faculty member of the Spoleto Study Abroad program. In summer 2011, she was on the faculty of the Varna International Opera Festival in Varna, Bulgaria, directing Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte at Varna Opera and Dobric Theater.
As UNC Opera Director, Dr. Rhodes has championed new works by American composers, in addition to producing standard works, often with orchestra. In the spring of 2010, the Spinoza Project was launched, including the UNC Opera world premiere of Searching for Spinoza, with integrated multi-disciplinary activities throughout the campus. Every year, UNC Opera performs in area public schools and community venues.
Dr. Rhodes has published in the National Opera Association Journal with an article on Verdi’s Attila, and in the National Association of Teachers of Singing Journal with an article on the Fort Juniper Songs, which she premiered at Carnegie Recital Hall. She has served as President, Vice-President, and Secretary of NC NATS, and is a member of the National Opera Association.
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