Stacy Rodgers is a former professor of music at the University of Mississippi who continues to work with the department’s students and faculty as a collaborative pianist. He earned a bachelor’s degree in piano performance from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, and a master’s degree in piano pedagogy and literature at the University of Texas in Austin. Mr. Rodgers teaches piano performance, piano literature, private lesson and group piano pedagogy, accompanying, chamber music, and an occasional theory or history course. He performs frequently with his wife Diane Wang as a piano duo and four-hand team, and with faculty colleagues from all performance areas. At the national level, Mr. Rodgers has performed with soprano Kallen Esperian, members of the New York Philharmonic, the University of Michigan wind faculty, violinist Scott St. John, and Rolf Smedvig, founder and lead trumpet of the Empire Brass Quintet, and many others. In a typical year, he performs more than twenty different full-length programs. His chamber repertoire alone includes almost five hundred works, from pieces for solo instrument and piano, to works for multiple pianos with or without orchestra, piano trios, quartets, quintets, and mixed ensembles. Vocal selections are too numerous to count.
Compact disc recordings include Fantaisie Brillante: A Cornet Retrospective (Centaur CRC 2743), and Twelve Celebrated Fantaisies and Airs Varies by Jean-Baptiste Arban (Centaur CRC 2917), both featuring a collaboration with Charles Gates, cornet; Close to Home: Music of American Composers with Michael Rowlett, clarinet (Albany TROY1385) ; and American Masterpieces for Two Pianos (soon to be released on Albany Records) with the Wang-Rodgers Piano Duo. Rodgers appears frequently at various regional, national, and international conferences, presenting programs of significant twentieth-century compositions as well as new unpublished works by young American composers. Most recently he appeared at the 50th anniversary national conference of the College Music Society held in Salt Lake City, Utah, performing Leonard Bernstein’s last major work, Arias and Barcarolles for mezzo soprano, baritone, and piano four-hands, with his wife Diane Wang, and University of Mississippi voice faculty Bradley and Jennifer Robinson.