Young Men's Vocal Workshop 2017
Meet Our Clinicians
Dr. Rodney Shores, The University of Tampa
Evan Powers, Avalon Middle School
Special Thanks to our Community Partner and host site:
Riverhills Church of God
Originally from Greensboro, NC, Rodney Shores is a music educator, performer, choral conductor, and lecturer who also specializes in the history of Christian worship and philosophy. He has conducted for the Gulf Coast Youth Choirs, and has served as guest conductor for the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay’s Festival of Voices. Dr. Shores currently sings as tenor in the Bay area’s own Florida ProMusica, is Choir Master of the St. Andrew’s Episcopal church choir, and maintains a private voice and piano studio. Dr. Shores holds masters degrees in piano performance, choral conducting, as well as an advanced graduate certificate in piano performance and pedagogy. Additionally, he studied theology and philosophy at Reformed Theological Seminary in Oviedo prior to completing his doctorate in historical liturgics from the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies in Orange Park, Florida.
Evan Powers is a graduate of Florida State University and is the choral director at Avalon Middle School. During his time at FSU, he was also a co-founder and the first music director of Reverb, FSU’s all-male a cappella group. Prior to teaching at AMS, Mr. Powers spent the first four years of his teaching career at Fleming Island High School in Orange Park, FL where he was named “Teacher of the Year” for the 2012-2013 school year. At Avalon Middle School, Evan teaches over 300 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students across 5 traditional choirs and 1 pop a cappella group. He is currently on the state board for the Florida chapter of the American Choral Directors Association (Membership Chair, R&S Chair – Jazz and Show Choirs), is an ICHSA Producer for Varsity Vocals Southeast and Southwest, and is in charge of Educational Outreach for the Festival Singers of Florida. He is an active adjudicator, presenter and choral clinician, conducting All-County and Men’s Day festivals across the state of Florida. He is also an active choral arranger, arranging pieces for secondary, collegiate, community and church choirs and a cappella groups across the country and internationally. His arrangement of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” was most recently performed by the World Youth Choir under the direction of Ken Waikia (director of the Nairobi Chamber Chorus).