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Rodney Cathey, DMA

Chair, Undergraduate Studies
Director, Vocal Jazz Ensemble
Associate Professor of Conducting
Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 3584
Fax: (626) 969-7419
A native of North Carolina, Rod Cathey, DMA, discovered his aptitude for and interest in music at age 8, when he joined the children’s choir at his church. After participation in school choirs and bands, Cathey studied with Marvin McKissick, Lois Wells, and Gary Bonner at APU, and earned the Fiske Memorial Tuition Fellowship during his time studying at Claremont Graduate University. Cathey directed the APU Men’s Chorale for 10 years; under his direction, the chorale performed in hundreds of concerts throughout the western and northwestern United States, as well as in Canada and Romania. He has conducted University Choir and Orchestra for the last five years, leading the ensemble on tours to the Pacific Northwest; New York; Washington, DC; Virginia; Canada; and Mexico. The ensemble recently released two custom recordings—Pure Joy and Music of Heaven—and Cathey is listed in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.


DMA, Conducting, Claremont Graduate University
M.M., Conducting, Azusa Pacific University
B.A., Vocal Performance and Music Education, Azusa Pacific University


  • College of Music and the Arts
  • School of Music
    • Undergraduate Programs


  • Conducting
  • Music Education
  • Vocal Performance

Professional/Scholarly Presentations

Conducting Leadership: Effective Leadership Skills for Musical Directors, Claremont Graduate University Music Department, 2003

Professional Experience

Academic Experience
Conductor, University Choir and Orchestra, Azusa Pacific University, 2003-2008

Chair, Undergraduate Studies and Professor, School of Music, Azusa Pacific University, 1999-present

Conductor, Men's Chorale, Azusa Pacific University, 1993-2003

Ministerial/Para-church Experience
Minister of Worship and Communication, First Church of the Nazarene, San Diego, 1988-1993

Minister of Worship and Communication, Heights First Church of the Nazarene, Albuquerque, 1983–1988

Professional Involvement and Accomplishments

Honors, Awards, Recognition
Fiske Memorial Tuition Fellowship, Claremont Graduate University, 1995-1999
Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers

Associations, Boards, Committees
Discipleship Group Facilitator, 2003-present
Education Council Policy Subcommittee, 2002-present
Appointment Rank and Contract Council, 1999-present
Dinner Rally Program Concept Team, 1995–present
American Choral Directors Association
Music Educators National Conference
President’s Spiritual Life Task Force
Work Load and Compensation Council
Academic Advisor, 1993-present