Rocha, Hill to give cello and piano concert

Concert: José Rocha, cello & Matthew Hill, piano
Date/Time: Sunday, April 2, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Location: Rieth Recital Hall, Goshen College Music Center
Cost: $7 adults, $5 seniors/students. Online or (574) 535-7566. GC faculty/staff/students free with ID.

Goshen College music professors José Rocha, cello & Matthew Hill, piano, will present a recital of chamber music on Sunday, April 2 in the Music Center’s Rieth Recital Hall. The recital will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Rocha and Hill’s program will feature performances of Schubert’s Impromptu in F minor, Op. 142 No. 4, J.S. Bach’s Suite for Unaccompanied Cello No. 2, BWV 1008, Samuel Barber’s Sonata in C minor for Cello and Piano, Op. 6, and Johannes Brahms’ Sonata No. 1 in E minor, Op. 38.

Tickets are $7 adults, $5 seniors/students. Online at, or by calling (574) 535-7566. VISA/MasterCard accepted. Goshen College faculty/staff/students are free with ID.

José Rocha, DMA, Associate Professor of Music at Goshen College and director of the Goshen College Symphony Orchestra, is a sought after conductor and cellist in the United States and Mexico. Strongly committed to music education, Dr. Rocha has taught and directed middle school and high school orchestras in Florida, Texas, and Mississippi for the past 15 years. His ensembles consistently earned top honors and awards at regional contests, were recognized as finalists in the TMEA Honor Orchestra Competition, and also declared Winners in the Mark of Excellence National Orchestra Honors Contest. Rocha made his Carnegie Hall Debut leading the Johnston Sinfonia Orchestra in 2014. Recently, Rocha was a guest artist at the FestivalSouth in Mississippi, and the Comunidad Artistica Mexicana in Xalapa, Mexico, where he enjoyed coaching chamber music, teaching master classes, and performing solo and chamber music recitals, 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.

Matthew Hill, DMA, pianist and Goshen College professor of music, teaches piano, chamber music, music history, and pedagogy.  He is an active recitalist, chamber musician, concerto performer, and master classes teacher. His interests in monasticism, theology, and the role of silence in music, engage his teaching, scholarship, and performing with a unique perspective and depth. In the summer of 2013 he was on the piano faculty at the Schlern International Music Festival in northern Italy and also has taught on the piano faculty at the prestigious Interlochen Fine Arts Summer Camp. Matthew has published articles, taught and performed in China, and recorded on the Blue Griffen label (Silent Colors). He has a doctorate in piano performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison under Howard Karp and has also studied with the renowned Beethoven performer Claude Frank, as well as with Dr. Richard Angeletti, and Dr. Garik Pedersen.