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Music Faculty Directory

Music Program

Keely Rhodes, DMA


CCM, Sessions I, II & III, Shenandoah Conservatory, 2019

DMA, University of Texas at Austin, 2009

MM, University of Texas at Austin, 2002

BM, Oberlin Conservatory of Music, 1998

Courses Taught

Canticum Novum – MUSC A388

Applied Voice – Non-Major – MUSC A111

Applied Voice – MUSC A110, A210, A310, and A410

Vocal Methods in Pedagogy – MUSC A203 (alternating spring semesters)

Diction for Singers I, English and Italian – MUSC A204 (alternating fall semesters)

Diction for Singers II, French and German – MUSC A204 (alternating spring semesters)

Directed Independent Capstone Studies – Vocal

Liberal Studies – Research Methods – IDST A210

Liberal Studies – Directed Capstone – IDST A598

Professional Memberships

American Choral Directors Organization (ACDA)

National Association for Music Education (NAfME)

National Association for Teachers of Singing (NATS)

National Opera Association (NOA) (session presenter – 2020 conference)

Recording Academy, Grammy Foundation, Grammy U

South Carolina Music Educators Association (SCMEA)


Dr. Keely Jean Rhodes is an Assistant Professor of Music and the Coordinator of Vocal Studies at the University of South Carolina Aiken. Honors and awards she has received: working with the renowned Sra. Mirella Freni, serving as a Fulbright Scholar to Italy, winning the Austin Critic’s Table Award for Best Classical Singer – Female, performing on multiple Grammy® nominated recordings, winning a Grammy® Award with Conspirare, a Company of Voices, and performing on the Grammy® winning composition “Prayers and Remembrances” by the late Stephen Paulus.

She serves on the campus “RPG” committee, is chairs Campus Life Committee, and serves on departmental committees for “RPG” and “Tier 2” development. Dr. Rhodes is the music director for university musicals outside of her assigned course load. In the community, she is the Artistic Director for both The South Boundary Singers, and Belles Canto. She provides local and international performance, and cultural, opportunities for her students and community choirs. For the Augusta-based Jessy Norman School for the Arts, she is an active member on the Board of Directors.

Dr. Rhodes continues to perform and record in the United States of America and internationally. Most recently performing in Toronto, Canada, Dublin, Ireland, and Belfast, Northern Ireland. Locally, she can be heard singing for campus events, bands, orchestras, and solo recitals. Her recordings are available on multiple streaming platforms.

Dr. Rhodes holds the degrees of: Bachelor of Music from Oberlin Conservatory, a Master of Music, and Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Texas in Austin, and certification in Contemporary Commercial Music from the Vocal Pedagogy Institute at Shenandoah Conservatory of Music.