JASON IKEEM RODGERS
Maestro Rodgers is currently the Founder and Music Director of Orchestra Noir, the Atlanta African-American Orchestra. Since its founding, Orchestra Noir has enjoyed a meteoric rise collaborating with global brands such as Time Warner, NBC Universal, Atlantic Records, Lionsgate, YouTube Music, LaFace Records, BET, OWN Network, the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and countless more. In addition, Orchestra Noir has worked with international hip-hop stars Cardi B., 2Chainz, Migos, Clifford “T.I.” Harris, and 9x Grammy Award winning super-producer Bryan-Michael Cox of the So So Def Record Label founded by Jermaine Dupree.
Maestro Rodgers’s conducting career began when founding director of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and Leonard Bernstein protégé, John Mauceri, invited maestro Rodgers to Hollywood to study conducting as his apprentice during its 2006-2007 Concert Season. Since then maestro Rodgers has appeared with orchestras in North America and abroad and has gained numerous accolades. In August of 2015 maestro Rodgers was awarded first prize in the London Classical Soloists Competition. In 2014 maestro Rodgers was also named winner of the International Conducting
Competition held in the U.S. and first prize winner of the Orchestra da Camera Fiorentina Conducting Competition held in Florence, Italy. Maestro Rodgers would return to Italy in the same year to make his debut with the Orchestra Di Toscana Classica.
Maestro Rodgers received his Professional Studies Degree from the renowned Cleveland Institute of Music in Orchestral Conducting under Carl Topilow and Louis Lane. He received his Masters of Music in Conducting from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts under Serge Zehnacker, and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Piano Performance, under Clifton Matthews, from the same institution.
Maestro Rodgers has been awarded by the Philadelphia Foundation, Pro Arts Society, the Wallace Loeb Performing Arts Fund, and the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. Jason has also been featured in such publications as The Atlanta-Journal Constitution, Atlanta Magazine, The Philadelphia Inquirer, CBS Radio, The Atlanta Modern-Luxury, Upscale Magazine, Rolling Out Magazine and many more.