Jacob Rhodebeck

Undergraduate Discipline


BM, University of Cincinnati, College–Conservatory of Music. MM, DMA, Stony Brook University. Pianist known for his tremendous command of the instrument and his enthusiasm for performing new and little-known music, Rhodebeck’s performance of Michael Hersch’s three-hour solo piano work, The Vanishing Pavilions, was described as “astounding” by David Patrick Stearns in The Philadelphia Inquirer and “a searing performance” in The New York Times. Prior to attending college, Rhodebeck studied piano with Christopher Durrenberger at Wittenberg University. At the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), he studied with Elizabeth Pridonoff and performed five solo recital programs featuring contemporary works, as well as a recital comprised entirely of works commissioned from student composers. And at Stony Brook University, he continued his studies with Gilbert Kalish, earning master's and doctorate degrees. Rhodebeck has given performances, lectures, and master classes at many universities, including Hamilton College, Vanderbilt University, and the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University. He can also be heard on numerous recordings, including Lost Dog’s Chamber Music of Philippe Bodin and Christopher Bailey's album of piano works, Glimmering Webs. Currently, in addition to being the pianist for the Lost Dog New Music Ensemble, he is the choral accompanist at the Riverdale Country School. SLC, 2017–

Undergraduate Courses 2019-2020


Hearing and Singing


All incoming students will take a diagnostic test to determine placement. This class fulfills the performance component of the music program for those beginning students who are not ready to participate in other ensembles.

This class focuses on developing fluency with the rudiments of music and is the required aural corollary to Theory I: Materials of Music. As students begin to explore the fundamental concepts of written theory—reading notes on the staff, interpreting rhythm—Hearing and Singing works to translate those sights into sounds. The use of solfège helps in this process, as ear, mind, and voice begin to understand the relationship between the pitches of the scale. Rhythm drills help solidify a sense of rhythm and a familiarity with rhythm patterns. In-class chorale singing supports this process.