Phillip Rhodes is Composer-in-Residence and Andrew W. Mellon Professor of the Humanities Emeritus at Carleton College where he joined the faculty in 1974. Born in western North Carolina in 1940, he received degrees from Duke University and the Yale University School of Music. Rhodes has been the recipient of numerous commissions and composition awards, including grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Rockefeller Fund for Music, a citation and award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a McKnight Fellowship, two Fromm Foundation Commissions, and a Bush Foundation Fellowship for Artists.
Rhodes' compositions are published by C. F. Peters, E.M.I., Presser, J Ballerbach (Syler Music), and Schott, and recorded on labels including CRI, Centaur Records, First Edition (Louisville), New World Records, Vienna Modern Masters, and Innova. Major performances of his works include those by the Atlanta Symphony at Carnegie Hall, the Cleveland Orchestra at the Blossom Festival, and the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center. Rhodes is retired from teaching and now living and composing in Lake Santeetlah, North Carolina.