Music Director - Music Arranger - Composer
Pianist - Organist - Author - Teacher
LEN RHODES - Musical Director, Arranger, & Pianist in "The Undisputed Truth" with Legendary Boxer Mike Tyson - Live On Stage. The show ran for six nights at The Hollywood Theater, MGM Grand, Las Vegas during April 2012.
Read REVIEWS about LEN RHODES as Arranger of "Summer In The City" - a Stage West production in Calgary, Canada - ran through June 2012.
LEN RHODES continues to work on "One Night WIth Janis Joplin" as Music Director & Music Arranger. Portland Center Stage hosted the world premiere of this new musical event in 2011 - celebrating the life of one of rock ‘n roll’s greatest legends. The show had extended runs in Cleveland, Ohio; and Washington D.C. during 2012.
LEN is also composing a score for a GENOMA MUSIC PROJECT (the process of converting the first letters of the four nucleotide RNA sequences into music).
See Len with Songwriter and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Jerry Ragovoy http://www.pcs.org/blog/item/jerry-ragovoy-musical-master/
EDUCATION & MEMBERSHIPS
LEN RHODES has worked as a professional musician since he was 13 when he was appointed organist at Clock House Methodist Church in Beckenham, Kent, UK. His organ mentor, Dr. Douglas Hopkins (1902-1992), who was Master of the Choristers at Sandhurst from 1971 to 1976, had previously been Sub-Organist of St Paul’s Cathedral, Organist of Peterborough and Canterbury Cathedrals and, immediately prior to his appointment at Sandhurst, Organist of St Marylebone Parish Church in London. Len considers Dr. Hopkins a significant influence; as were his piano professors - Georgina Zellan-Smith, and Ruth Harte. He received his diplomas from the Royal Academy of Music and the London College of Music. Len also studied composition at Morley College, University of London. Len is a proud member of the The Incorporated Society of Musicians (UK), ASCAP, The Royal College of Organists (UK), and the Guild of Church Musicians (UK). Len currently serves on the board of the Breckenridge Music Festival, Colorado.
LEN RHODES has musically directed productions throughout the US and the UK including The Undisputed Truth, One Night With Janis Joplin, Beehive, The Rocky Horror Show, Leader of the Pack, I Do! I Do!, The Boyfriend, Private Lives, A Christmas Carol, Doonesbury, Marat/Sade, Something’s Afoot, and The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe.
ARRANGER, COMPOSER, & COMMISSIONS
LEN RHODES' recent arrangements include the score for The Undisputed Truth, One Night With Janis Joplin, and Summer In The City. He has also worked as composer and arranger with Trinity College London and BBC Radio. His compositions and commissions include The Adventures of Pericles (for the 10th Anniversary of the Virginia Shakespeare Festival); The Waterbabies; Bethlehem! The Journey; My Head and My Heart; and incidental music for A Christmas Carol; Salonika; and Private Lives.
LEN RHODES has performed throughout the world including the Las Vegas MGM Grand's Hollywood Theatre, The Edinburgh International Festival, Cathedral of St. Sulpice in Paris, and London’s Banqueting House for members of the Royal Family.
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR & MENTOR
LEN RHODES mentors young composers as the Founder & Artistic Director of Pikes Peak Young Composers, Inc., a non-profit organization offering evaluations, performance opportunities, and workshops for musicians. Len received the Pikes Peak Arts Council and Arts Business and Education Award for his work with Pikes Peak Young Composers. www.pikespeakyoungcomposers.org. He is also the Artistic Director of Summit Music and Arts, and board member of the Breckenridge Music Festival.
TEACHER & INSTRUCTOR
LEN RHODES' teaching credits include music history at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs and Colorado Mountain College; as well as public and private schools in the U.K. and U.S. He teaches organ, piano, composition, ear training, theory and harmony in his private studio. He presented his lecture "Composition in the Private Studio" at the 2005 National Music Teachers Association annual convention in Seattle, WA.