Cherry Rhodes


Friday September 27, 2024 at 7:30pm

Fabled concert organist and teacher Cherry Rhodes returns to the East Coast for the inaugural concert of the organ rededication series at St. Paul’s. Since her early days as a student at the Curtis Institute of Music, Ms. Rhodes has thrilled audiences with her brilliant and fiery performances at venues across the world, and is revered for a lifetime of teaching and mentoring young organists aspiring to follow in her footsteps. The renovated and rebuilt organ at St. Paul’s will be heard in full voice for the first time under her masterful technique and exquisite musicianship.

[TICKETS ONLINE from 7/1/24] or at the door • $20 General Admission, $10 Student

Ticket sales and donations benefit The Ann Stookey Fund for Music at St. Paul’s.


Präludium und Fuge e-moll, BWV 548 – Johann Sebastian Bach

Reverie – William Grant Still

Ballade Ossianique No. 2, Op. 23 – Jean Guillou
Dedicated to Cherry Rhodes

Afternoon of a Toad – Clarence Mader

Pièces de fantasie, Suite No. 2, Op. 53 – Louis Vierne

Fantasie und Fuge d-moll, op.135b – Max Reger

CHERRY RHODES is the first American to win an international organ competition (Munich). During her brilliant career she has toured extensively throughout the major music capitals of America and Europe with recitals in cathedrals, churches, and concert halls,  including Lincoln Center (New York City), Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C), Orchestra Hall (Chicago), Meyerson Symphony Center (Dallas), the Performing Arts Center (Milwaukee), Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts (Philadelphia), Royal Festival Hall (London), International Performing Arts Center (Moscow), Philharmonic Halls of Berlin, Dortmund, and Luxembourg, the Organ and Architecture Symposium,  and the renowned International September Music Festival of Montreux-Vevey (Switzerland). Other international festivals include those of Paris (Notre Dame and St. Eustache), Munich, Freiburg, Nurnberg, St. Albans, Luxembourg, Vienna, Bratislava, Presov, Gdansk and Warsaw, Seoul (2018), and Shanghai (2019).As one of the first organists to perform on the organ in the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, Ms. Rhodes premiered Concierto de Los Angeles by James Hopkins, with members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.  Subsequently, she played the monumental Symphonie Concertante by Joseph Jongen on the Los Angeles Philharmonic Subscription Series and a solo recital sponsored by Toyota. 

At age seventeen, Cherry Rhodes made her debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra and later performed many times under the baton of Eugene Ormandy as well as numerous guest conductors.  Since that time, she has performed as soloist with orchestras including the Los Angeles Philharmonic (with conductors Simon Rattle and Edo de Waart), the Phoenix Symphony, the Pasadena Chamber Orchestra, the South German Radio Orchestra, and the Orchestra of the French National Radio.  

From 1972-1975 Ms. Rhodes taught organ at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore.  During this time, she was Artist-in-Residence at All Souls Church, Unitarian in Washington, D.C., where she gave recitals and frequently premiered new music.  Numerous composers have written and dedicated works to her, and she has edited several compositions as well.  These include Ascent by Joan Tower (Associated Music Publishers, Inc.), Prelude and Variations on “Old Hundredth” by Calvin Hampton (Wayne Leupold Editions, Inc.), Meditations onSalve, Festa Dies” and Chorale, Differences and Glossa on “Puer Natus in Bethlehem” by Joseph Walter (Composer’s Library), and The Organ Music for solo organ and organ and tape (Wayne Leupold Editions, Inc.) by Larry King.

Ms. Rhodes has recorded for Columbia Records with Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra.  Everyone Dance, her critically acclaimed solo recording on the Pro Organo label, has been hailed by The American Organist as “A joyous celebration of unrivaled artistry!”   She has been featured on the CDs: Pipedreams Live! (Minnesota Public Radio), Comes Summertime (JAV Recordings), Historic Organs of Boston (The Organ Historical Society), Jean Guillou-Colloquies (Augured), Cherry Rhodes…Live (Pro Organo), Cherry Rhodes in Concert (at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels) and Cherry Rhodes at the Kimmel Center (Delos Productions, Inc.). Many of her performances have been broadcast and live-streamed.

Ms. Rhodes is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with Dr. Alexander McCurdy.  She received Fulbright and Rockefeller grants for studies in Munich with Karl Richter and in Paris with Marie-Claire Alain and Jean Guillou, who invited her to be his assistant for two years at St. Eustache.

Cherry Rhodes is Adjunct Professor of Organ at the Thornton School of Music, University of Southern California.  Many of her students have won awards, grants, and top prizes in competitions in the United States and Europe. A sought-after musician, she gives master classes and frequently serves as adjudicator for competitions in North America, Europe and Asia including the First and Second International Pipe Organ Competitions in Shanghai (2017, 2019).  She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Mader Scholarship Fund.  In 2015 Cherry Rhodes and her husband Ladd Thomas received The American Guild of Organists Endowment Fund Distinguished Artist Award for their “exemplary careers.” 

Remaining Concerts in the Series

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