Seven students in the spotlight for 56th Annual Goshen College Concerto-Aria Concert

Concert: 56th Annual Concerto-Aria Concert
Date and time: Saturday, Feb. 6, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. Watch the live stream
Location: Sauder Concert Hall, Goshen College Music Center
Cost: $10 adults, $7 seniors/students, available at the door one hour before the concert. Goshen College faculty/staff/students are free with ID.

(L-R) Wade Troyer, Peter Paetkau, Martin Flowers, Mikhail Fernandes, Vince Kurtz, Jacob Zehr, Paul Zehr.


Seven student winners of the 2016 Goshen College Concerto-Aria Competition will perform arias and individual concerto movements with the Goshen College Symphony Orchestra, directed by Associate Professor of Music Jose Rocha, in the 56th annual Concerto-Aria Concert on Saturday, Feb. 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the Music Center’s Sauder Concert Hall.

Performing are:

  • Mikhail Fernandes, euphonium, performing “Euphonium Fantasy” by Fraser. Fernandez is a senior interdisciplinary studies major from Hyderabad, India.
  • Martin Flowers, tenor, singing “The Major-General’s Song” from Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic opera “The Pirates of Penzance”. Flowers is a senior music and theater double major from Nappanee, Indiana.
  • Vince Kurtz, violin, performing “Concerto in D, movement 1” by Tchaikovsky. Kurtz is a junior music and physics double major from Rochester, New York.
  • Peter Paetkau, violin, performing “Concerto in A minor, movement 3” by Shostakovich. Paetkau is a junior music and Bible and religion major from Goshen.
  • Wade Troyer, piano, performing “Concerto in A minor, movement 3” by Grieg. Troyer is a junior music and Spanish double major from South Bend, Indiana.
  • Paul Zehr, baritone and Jacob Zehr, tenor, singing “Au Fond du temple saint” by Bizet. Paul is a senior music and theater double major, and Jacob is a sophomore music major. Both are from from Carthage, New York.

Jose Rocha is associate professor of music at Goshen College and director of the Goshen College Symphony Orchestra. Strongly committed to music education, Rocha has taught and directed middle school and high school orchestras in Florida, Texas and Mississippi for the past 15 years, and is a sought-after conductor and cellist in the United States and Mexico. Rocha made his Carnegie Hall debut leading the Johnston Sinfonia Orchestra in 2014. Rocha has enjoyed a diverse musical career, conducting and performing with Ray Price, Glenn Frey, Frank Sinatra Jr., Marvin Hamlish, Ray Charles and Johnny Mathis, among others. His orchestral experience includes membership in the Southwest Florida Symphony, Orlando Philharmonic, Savannah Symphony, Symphony of South East Texas and the Strauss Symphony of America. Rocha holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Houston, a Master of Music degree and bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida.