COLLEGE OF APPLIED & NATURAL SCIENCES
Dr. Aaron Knodle
Assistant Professor of Choral Music Education; Director of Choral Activities
Department: School of Music
Office: HC 221
Address: P.O. Box 3144
Ruston, LA 71272
Aaron Knodle is Assistant Professor of Choral Music Education and Director of Choral Activities at Louisiana Tech University where he conducts the Chamber Singers and University Concert Choir, and teaches courses in conducting and choral music education.
His research interests include historical performance practice (especially in the performance of the music of J.S. Bach), models for collaborative teaching in the choral setting, and staging concert works. He believes that musicological research should yield practical results and focuses his own academic work on investigating some of the issues that impact current organizations and performances. He has explored the notated and actual sounding range demands of alto voices at each of Bach’s professional positions and developed a recommendation for the engagement of either countertenors, mezzo-sopranos, or contraltos as the ideal alto voice in current performances of Bach’s vocal music. He is currently exploring the staging of concert works and the academic debates surrounding which works should be staged, in what way, and whether this practice engages a broader audience. He is also currently partnering with a sociologist on a project that explores some of the structural dynamics of choral ensembles to analyze and understand relationships within an increasingly diverse membership.
Knodle most recently served as Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities and Voice at Southwestern College, a private liberal arts college in Winfield, Kansas, where he conducted a variety of choirs and smaller vocal ensembles, and taught conducting, musical theatre, and voice. Prior to his appointment at Southwestern College, Knodle served as Assistant Conductor of the University of Cincinnati – College-Conservatory of Music Chamber Choir, a graduate-level choral ensemble. He also served for two years as assistant conductor for the Salisbury Singers of Worcester, MA, and taught for several years as a high school choir director in South Dakota.
An experienced organist with a specialization in liturgical music, Knodle has served as choir director and/or organist at a number of churches in Ohio, Massachusetts, South Dakota, Iowa, and Wisconsin. He is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda – National Music Honor Society and holds memberships in various chapters of the American Choral Directors Association and the American Guild of Organists.
B.A., Music Education, Luther College, 2011
M.S.M., Choral Conducting, Boston University, 2016
D.M.A., Choral Conducting, University of Cincinnati – College-Conservatory of Music, 2018