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Rodney A WynkoopRodney A Wynkoop

Title: Professor of the Practice of Music, Director of Duke Chorale and Chamber Choir, and Director of Chapel Music
Office Location: 002 Biddle Music
Office Phone: (919) 684-3898, (919) 660-3302
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  • Doctor of Musical Arts Yale University, 1985

Awards, Honors, and Distinctions

  • American Choral Directors Asso., November, 2011
  • Presidential Award for Executive Leadership, Duke University, April, 2009
  • Vocal Arts Ensemble of Durham chosen as a featured performing ensemble at the Southern Division convention of the American Choral Directors Association in Louisville, Kentucky, 2008
  • Guest conductor for performance in Carnegie Hall, May 2006
  • Vocal Arts Ensemble of Durham chosen to perform at national convention of American Choral Directors Association, February 2005
  • Vocal Arts Ensemble of Durham and the Duke Chapel Choir chosen as featured performing ensembles at the Southern Division convention of the American Choral Directors Association in Nashville, 2004
  • Lara Hoggard Award, North Carolina American Choral Directors Association, November 11, 2002
  • Vocal Arts Ensemble of Durham was chosen as the featured performing ensemble at the Fall Conference of the NC-American Choral Directors Association at UNC-Greensboro, Oct. 18, 2002
  • nominated for Duke's Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award, 2001-02
  • James L. Nicholson, Jr. Award, for "promoting the arts in everything that one does", Durham Arts Council, October 2000
  • Vocal Arts Ensemble of Durham chosen to perform at the biannual convention of the Southern Division of the American Choral Directors Association, in Orlando, FL, March 2000
  • Musician of the Year, Spectator Magazine, 1999

Teaching (Fall 2015):

  (typical courses)

  • Music 213-2.01, Chapel choir Synopsis
    Chapel, W 06:15 PM-08:05 PM
  • Music 213-3.01, Chorale Synopsis
    Biddle 019, TuTh 07:30 PM-09:30 PM

Recent Professional Work:


  • Duke Chapel Choir. With Cheerful Voice. 2007 .
  • Duke Chorale. Sing Joyfully!. 2006 . (repertoire from 2002-2005)
  • Duke Chapel Choir. Rutter Requiem and Vierne Messe Solennelle. January, 2003 . (live performance with orchestra and two organs)
  • Vocal Arts Ensemble. My Spirit Sang All Day.  CD on Arsis label, 2004 . (E.C. Schirmer; various 20-21c acappella choral works)
  • Duke Chapel Choir and orchestra. 10th Anniversary Concert, Oct. 30, 1999, CD of live performance. 2000 .


  • Commissions, 2011/12/16
  • Commissions, 2011/12/16

  • Performances by the Duke Chorale and the Duke Chapel Choir, various, March 03, 2012 - December 07, 2012
    Saturday, Mar. 3 - Sunday, Mar. 11 – Spring Tour to Florida, Duke Chorale Tuesday, Mar. 13 ,8 pm, Duke Chapel – Spring Tour Concert, Duke Chorale Saturday, Mar. 24, 8 pm, Duke Chapel – Berlioz Requiem, Duke Chorale, Chapel Choir, and Choral Society Sunday, Mar. 25, 4 pm, Duke Chapel – Berlioz Requiem, Duke Chorale Chapel Choir, and Choral Society Friday, Apr. 27, 8 pm, Biddle lobby – Duke Chorale Celebration concert Baccalaureates 2012, Duke Chapel, Duke Chorale and Chapel Choir: Friday, May 11, 4:30 pm – Saturday. May 12, 11:30 am and 3:00 pm – Fri., Sept. 28, 5:30-6:30 p.m. – sing in Founders’ Day service, Duke Chapel Choir Friday, Oct. 5, 8 pm, First Presbyterian Church – David Lang’s “Again” as choral prelude for Anonymous 4 concert, Duke Chorale Saturday, Oct. 27, 8 pm – Parents Weekend concert, Duke Chorale, with Duke Wind Symphony and Duke Symphony Orchestra Sunday, Nov. 11, concert trip to Pinehurst, NC (2 concerts: Village Chapel and Penick Village), Duke Chorale Sun., Nov. 18, 6:30 p.m. - Messiah Sing-Along, Duke Chapel Choir Fri., Nov. 30, 7:30 p.m. - Messiah, Duke Chapel Choir Sat., Dec. 1, 2:00 p.m. - Messiah, Duke Chapel Choir Sun., Dec. 2, 3:00 p.m. - Messiah, Duke Chapel Choir Tuesday, Dec. 4, pm – Christmas concert, Duke Chorale Friday, Dec. 7, 4:30 pm– caroling at various Durham facilities, concert at Durham Rescue Mission, Duke Chorale
  • Performances, 2011/12/16
    Sunday, Jan. 23 (4 pm), Judea Reform Congregation: Vocal Arts Ensemble - Bernstein Chichester Psalms; Sunday, Feb. 6, 3 pm, First Presbyterian Church; Chamber Choir of the Choral Society with Mallarme Chamber Players (original instruments) - Bach cantatas; Sunday, Feb. 20, 4 pm, St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Winston-Salem, NC - Duke Chorale concert; Sunday, Feb. 27 (4 pm), Baldwin; Choral Society of Durham - Stravinsky Symphony of Psalms, Hindemith Apparebit repentina dies, Bruckner Mass in e; Mar. 4-13 - Duke Chorale spring tour to California (5 concerts); Tuesday, Mar. 22 (8 pm), Baldwin – Duke Chorale tour concert; Sunday, Apr. 3 (4 pm), Duke Chapel – Chapel Choir & Chorale Spring Oratorio: Mendelssohn St. Paul; Friday, Apr. 29 (8 pm, Biddle lobby – Duke Chorale Celebration concert, with food and drinks around the fountain; Saturday, May 7 (8 pm), Duke Chapel – Choral Society of Durham, Durham Children's Choir: Haydn Creation-messe and Nielsen Springtime on Funen; Sunday, June 12 (5 pm) – Vocal Arts Ensemble annual concert, Duke Chapel - Bach mass in b-minor; Sun., Sept. 11, 4 pm, Duke Chapel: 9/11 Memorial Concert: Duke Chapel Choir, Choral Society of Durham, Duke Chorale: Mozart Requiem ; Thur, Oct. 27 (8 pm), Duke Chapel – benefit concert with Eric Whitacre, with Duke Chorale and Wind Symphony; Sat, Oct. 29 (8 pm), Duke Chapel – Parents Weekend concert; Sun, Oct. 30 (3 pm), Carolina Theatre: women of the Choral Society of Durham – concert with Durham Symphony, Lance Hulme’s “Threnody for the Victims of September 11, 2001”; William Curry, conducting; Sunday, Nov. 6, 4 pm, Village Chapel in Pinehurst, NC - Duke Chorale concert; 7 pm concert at Penick Home in Southern Pines, NC; Sun., Nov. 20, 6:30 p.m., Duke Chapel - Messiah Sing-Along; Fri., Dec. 2, 7:30 pm, Duke Chapel - Messiah; Sat., Dec. 3, 2:00 pm, Duke Chapel - Messiah; Sun., Dec. 4, 3:00 pm, Duke Chapel - Messiah; Tue, Dec. 6 (7 pm), Duke Chapel – Duke Chorale Christmas concert; Sat, Dec. 10 (8 pm), Duke Chapel; Choral Society of Durham – Bach Christmas Oratorio (Pts. 1-3) and German carols); Sun, Dec. 11 (4 pm), Duke Chapel; Choral Society of Durham – Bach Christmas Oratorio (Pts. 4-6) and German carols)
  • Sunday worship, Duke Chapel, 1989 - present
    Duke Chapel Choir performs 2-3 anthems every Sunday during the school year.

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