Associate Professor of Music
Dr. Jose Rocha, Associate Professor of Music at Goshen College and director of the Goshen College Symphony, is a sought after conductor and cellist in the United States and Mexico. Strongly committed to music education in the public schools, Rocha directed middle and high school orchestras for 15 years prior to his appointment at Goshen College. His ensembles consistently earned top honors and awards, including recognition as finalists in the TMEA Honor Orchestra Competition and winners in the Mark of Excellence National Orchestra Honors Contest. Rocha made his Carnegie Hall Debut leading the Johnston Sinfonia Orchestra in 2014.
Rocha has enjoyed a diverse musical career, conducting and performing with artists such as Ben Folds, Bobby McFerrin, Ray Price, Glenn Frey, Frank Sinatra Jr., Marvin Hamlish, Ray Charles, and Johnny Mathis among others. His orchestral experience include membership in the South Bend Symphony, Southwest Michigan Symphony, Southwest Florida Symphony, Orlando Philharmonic, Savannah Symphony, Symphony of South East Texas, Latin American Philharmonic of Houston, and the Strauss Symphony of America. Rocha has also performed recitals and concerts through Europe, the United States and Latin America in the Chopin Conservatory, the Schloss Hellbrunn Palace, the Lucerne Concert Hall, the Palacio de Bellas Artes, and Sala Netzahualcoyotl in Mexico City. Recently, Rocha performed as a soloist with the Maple City Community Orchestra, was a guest artist at the FestivalSouth in Mississippi, and the Comunidad Artistica Mexicana in Xalapa, Mexico. In addition to his duties at Goshen College, Rocha is the conductor of the Elkhart County Youth Honors Symphony Orchestra.
Rocha holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Houston, and Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the University of Florida.
Orchestra: The Symphony Orchestra presents concerts of major orchestral works from the Baroque to contemporary periods of music each semester. In addition, it collaborates with the choirs for various performances and student winners of the annual Concerto-Aria competition. The orchestra also performs in the annual Festival of Carols program and hosts world-renowned guest soloists and composers. The orchestra is open to all students by audition, regardless of their major.
Band: The All Campus Band is open to all qualified students without audition, regardless of their major. From Sauder Concert Hall to the soccer field bleachers, the energetic and entertaining performances of the All Campus Band will offer exceptional performing opportunities with a commitment of one rehearsal a week.
Applied Violoncello: Applied cello lessons are designed to develop the technique required to successfully perform solo, chamber, and orchestral repertoire. Scales, arpeggios, and etudes will be assigned to address technique, musicianship, and expressive playing. Solo repertoire will be chosen from a variety of genres and eras.
Teaching Secondary School Music: This course deals with the practical strategies needed to build a successful music program at the secondary level (grades 7-12). Topics studied will include: developing high quality repertoire including multicultural elements, program structure, classroom management, concert programming, recruiting, assessment strategies, and teaching musical literacy. A field component provides hand-on experience to develop important teaching skills prior to student teaching.
Survey of Music Literature:
Music for Social Change:
- Festival de Musica de Camara; San Miguel de Allende, Gto., Mexico
- Western Slope Music Festival; Crested Butte, Colorado
- Conductors’ Retreat at Medomak; Washington, Maine
- Conducting workshop with Donald Schleicher; Adelphi University, New York
- Sunflower Music Festival; Topeka, Kansas
- FestivalSouth; Hattiesburg, Mississippi
August 7, 2017: Recital at Midwest Museum of American Art
June 30, 2017: Yin Yoga with Cello workshop
June 26, 2017: Conducting Ben Folds and the Elkhart Symphony Orchestra
16-17 Season, Cellist Elkhart Symphony Orchestra
16-17 Season, Cellist Maple City Community Orchestra
16-17 Season, South Bend Symphony substitute cellist
16-17 Season, Southwest Michigan Symphony substitute cellist
December 2016, Performance at Ignition Garage, Goshen ‘Tis the Season
May 2016, Soloist performance with Maple City Community Orchestra