Phillip Bailey, Director
Phillip Bailey is a Marshall University graduate that holds a BA in Music Education. He has studied graduate level conducting at Marshall under the direction of Captain Brian Walden. Now, he pursues a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership at MU. He has guest conducted various ensembles throughout the tri-state region, including the Marshall University ensembles: Orchestra, Wind Symphony, and Choral Union, and the Trinity Episcopal Choir in concert with Kenny Rogers. Phillip music directed several musical theatre productions, including CMHS productions since 2016 and Huntington Area Regional Theatre's production of Shrek the Musical. As a performer, Phillip has sung with the Marshall University Chorus and Choral Union, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity Men's Chorus, Trinity Episcopal Church Choir, and West Virginia Symphony Chorus. As an instrumentalist, Phillip has performed on multi-woodwinds in various ensembles and musical theatre companies throughout he tri-state, including the MU Wind Symphony, Fife and Drum Corp, Symphonic Band, MU Sax Ensemble, and the Marching Thunder. Within the musical theatre community, Phillip has performed in the orchestra with Curtains Up Players, ARTS, Ashland Community and Technical College, and Marshall University Theatre Department. Throughout his musical career, Phillip has worked on staff with high school musical programs throughout West Virginia, including Magnolia High School marching band, Huntington High School marching band, Sissonville High School marching band, Cabell Midland High School Marching Knights, and Hurricane High School Red Hot Show Choir as instrumental director.
Michael Rose, Assistant Director
Michael Rose is a Charleston, WV native. Michael attended Sissonville High School and Capital High School where he was a member of the “Touch of Class” and “Voices in Perfection” show choirs respectively. After graduation he attended Marshall University where he was a member of the chamber choir, university chorus, opera theatre, acapella ensemble, and marching thunder. Michael also taught studio voice to undergraduate voice students and was a graduate conducting assistant to the University Chorus and Choral Union. He now holds his B.F.A. and M.A. in vocal music performance from Marshall. Michael has also appeared as a featured soloist with the West Virginia Symphony Chorus for their productions of J.S. Bach's "Christmas Oratorio" and G. F. Handel's "Messiah." Michael has served as the music director and conductor for productions of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," "Shrek: The Musical!" and "School House Rock: Live!" His other stage credits encompass musical theatre, oratorio, and opera in the Huntington and Charleston, WV communities. Michael has also worked as a leadership consultant and director of the “Men of Song” Chorus for Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia – the country’s oldest and largest secret fraternal society in music. Michael is proud to serve Rhythm in Red as their assistant director, accompanist, and voice coach.
Brooke Smolder & Chantz Gould, Choreographers
Brooke Smolder is a freelance choreographer based in Ripley, WV. Brooke is a graduate of Winfield High School and Marshall University. She earned a bachelor's degree in Education, with an emphasis on Mathematics and Physical Education, and a masters degree in Athletic Administration. After years of dance training and competing, Brooke continued her dance career as a four year member and two year captain of the Marshall University dance team. After graduation she became head coach of the collegiate team for an additional five years. Brooke served as the WVAHPERD Dance Chair overseeing the importance of dance education in the state public education system and presenting at state conventions on their behalf. She has choreographed for multiple dance teams, cheer squads, show choir and theatre productions in the states of West Virginia and Ohio. Focusing on show choir, Brooke has led her groups to multiple state championships and choreographic honors. She also has had the honor of judging show choir festivals in West Virginia, Ohio, and Indiana. Brooke is married to her Husband Eddie, and has two children, Braylie and Eddric. She is a former high school math teacher turned full time mom. She's blessed by the many talented students & directors that enrich her life as she continues to dance and create.
Chantz Gould is a freelance choreographer based in West Virginia. He is a graduate of Cabell Midland High School where he was a member and Dance Captain of the State Championship choir, "Rhythm in Red". Chantz continues his education where he studies both Theatre and Human Health Sciences. He has choreographed and served as a clinician multiple middle school and high school choirs as well as adjudicated competitions in both West Virginia and Ohio.
Ean Bills, Staff - choreography
Ean Bills is a 2017 graduate from Cabell Midland High School. He was an active member of "Rhythm in Red" and he served as Dance Captain. He received numerous "Best Performer" and "Best Male Vocalist" awards and now works on staff with the group. He was also active in the school's theatre program, where he received multiple lead roles and choreographed various musical numbers for the school's productions. Ean remains active in local and community theatre productions and has assisted multiple show choirs across the state of West Virginia. He is currently a student at Marshall University.
Adam O'Neal, Instrumental Director
Adam is a multi-instrumentalist and student currently pursuing an MA in Mathematics from Marshall University and holds degrees in Secondary Education, Music, and Mathematics, also from Marshall. He actively performs in the region and beyond playing for musicals, rock bands, and various other groups including Chicago the Musical Tour, Rick K and the Allnighters, and the Rhythm in Red Show Choir Combo. He has performed in the top ensembles at Marshall University and has had the opportunity to travel and perform with these groups, having gone to Chicago, New Orleans, and Memphis. He looks forward to working with Rhythm in Red again this year as Instrumental director and hopes that they have a great season!