Rodney Wynkoop is Director of University Choral Music at Duke University. He holds the title of Professor of the practice of Music in the Music Department, where he has taught choral conducting since 1984. in addition to serving as Director of the Duke Chorale, he is also Director of Chapel Music and conductor of the 100-voice Duke Chapel Choir. in the spring of 2009 Duke University honored him with a Meritorious Service Award for Executive Leadership.
In addition to his choirs at Duke, Dr. Wynkoop is Conductor of the 150-voice Choral Society of Durham and its 40-voice Chamber Choir. He is the founder and director of the Vocal Arts Ensemble of Durham (VAE), a highly acclaimed select choir that was chosen to sing at the 2005 national convention of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) in Los Angeles as well as five southern division ACDA conventions. The Chapel Choir and the Choral Society of Durham have also performed at southern division ACDA conventions. He has conducted all-state choruses and led choral conducting workshops in various parts of the United States, and during the summer of 1991 he was resident guest conductor of a professional civic chorus in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
Dr. Wynkoop has led choir tours to four continents of the world, as well as many locations in the U.S. All of the choirs under his direction have released CD recordings, including several CDs with the Duke Chorale, Handel’s Messiah with the Duke Chapel Choir, and Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Choral Society of Durham and the Duke Chorale.
Dr. Wynkoop has degrees from Yale University, the Yale School of Music, and the University of Wisconsin, where he studied with Robert Foundation. Before coming to Duke, he held conducting positions at the University of Chicago, the Yale School of Music/Institute of Sacred Music, and Mount Holyoke College.
He received the 2002 Lara Hoggard Award for Distinguished Service in Choral Music in North Carolina, presented by the North Carolina ACDA.