James Rodde

James Rodde, Endowed Chair and Director of Choral Activities at Iowa State, conducts the Iowa State Singers, the 130-voice Statesmen men’s choir, teaches choral conducting and literature, and oversees a program of roughly 400 undergraduate choristers.  His choirs have toured internationally and have been honored with performances at ACDA National Conventions (1993, 1997, 2005, 2009) and NCCO National Conventions (2008, 2011).  An active clinician, he has led numerous festival ensembles, including several All-State and divisional ACDA honor choirs.  As a conducting mentor, one of his students won the 2005 ACDA National Undergraduate Conducting Competition.  Dr. Rodde is also the Artistic Director of two community ensembles, the Ames Chamber Artists and Des Moines Choral Society.  From 1985 to 2000 he served at the University of North Dakota, where he was honored with the Fine Arts Faculty Award for Teaching.  A native of Minneapolis, Dr. Rodde’s chief mentors were Leland Sateren, Dale Warland, and Don Moses.