Len Rhodes, who has performed with stars such as Mike Tyson and Liza Minnelli, as well as having been credited as original music director and arranger for the Broadway show “A Night with Janis Joplin,” has resigned from Lord of the Mountains Lutheran Church, where he was music director and organist.
Rhodes announced the move at the annual general meeting of the nonprofit Summit Music and Arts, based in Dillon, saying he will now be able to devote more time to the things he loves, including his role as artistic director of Summit Music and Arts.
“I am very excited about this next chapter,” Rhodes said. “Having the time to do more for
Summit Music and Arts, and to pursue more composition and arranging, as well as making time for teaching, is brilliant.”
The Summit Music and Arts annual general meeting also saw the installation of new board members David Koch as president, Steve Ladin as treasurer and Kasandra Lundquist to its existing board of vice president Peggy Neville, secretary Ferol Menzel, Donna Clark and Rhodes, exofficio. More than 30 board members, community volunteers, Summit Music and Arts friends and supporters attended the meeting.
A bit about Rhodes
The history of Summit Music and Arts began with Rhodes’ arrival in Summit County in September 2008. Rhodes’ previous experience as an artistic director for a nonprofit arts organization, and his experience internationally as music director, arranger, organist, teacher and pianist, led to the formation and realization of his vision for an annual winter concert series in the mountains.
As artistic director, Rhodes is responsible for bringing artists together and creating a platform for performance. As artist in residence, he performs in the series, as well as at fundraising events, and writes and arranges music in many styles and genres for these performances.
Working together with other arts organizations in Summit County has always been Rhodes’ priority. Summit Music and Arts and the Breckenridge Music Festival co-sponsor events during the winter series, and Rhodes sits on the board of the Breckenridge Music Festival. December’s “Baroque Holiday Celebration,” with the Dercum Center for the Arts and Humanities, remains a highlight for Rhodes, and plans are in the works for another concert next year.
Rhodes’ plans are to remain in Summit County as he works on various projects.