Dr. Joseph W. Rodgers joined the faculty of Minnesota State University in the fall of 2007, after serving on the faculty of Bethany College in Lindsborg, KS as well as Emporia State University. Rodgers holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Master of Music from the University of Illinois at Urbana, and a certificate in Orchestral Conducting from International Workshops/Western Michigan University, and has recently completed the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Kansas. As a performer, Joseph Rodgers has worked with many well-known conductors, having performed in solo, chamber music and orchestral settings in Spain, Malaysia, Singapore, Japan, Korea and Australia as well as in over 15 states here in the USA. Rodgers had been active as a private teacher, conductor and adjunct faculty member at several colleges in the Midwest, including Central College (Pella, IA) Grinnell College and Cornell College (Mt. Vernon, IA), and was an advocate of education and outreach for the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra in and around Kuala Lumpur from 1998 to 2002.
At Minnesota State University, he directs the MSU Orchestra, and teaches cello, bass and music theory. He has been appointed Music Director of the Mankato Area Youth Symphony and Assistant Conductor of the Mankato Symphony Orchestra effective fall, 2009, and continues to serve as Tutti Double Bass of the Missouri Symphony (summers), Tutti cellist in the South Dakota Symphony, and Principal Cellist of the Rochester Symphony. Rodgers is a member of the College Orchestra Directors Association (CODA), Conductors Guild of America, College Music Society, American String Teachers Association (ASTA), and MNSOTA.