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Dr. Fagner Rocha


Department of Visual and Performing Arts

Assistant Professor/Director of Orchestra
  • D.M.A. Texas Tech University
  • M.M. Texas Tech University
  • B.M. Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul
  • Orchestra
  • Strings

Dr. Fagner Magrinelli Rocha

Dr. Fagner Magrinelli Rocha is Assistant Professor of Music at Angelo State University where he teaches violin and viola and directs the ASU Symphony and Concho Valley Youth Orchestras. Before his appointment at ASU, Dr. Rocha served as Assistant Professor of Violin at the Federal University of Alagoas in Maceió, Brazil. Dr. Rocha is currently concertmaster for the Big Spring Symphony and also performs with the San Angelo Symphony Orchestra.

Dr. Rocha has appeared as a chamber musician, soloist and pedagogue in South and North America, as well as in Europe. He has been featured as guest soloist with the Fredericksburg Community Orchestra, Chamber Music Amarillo, Lake City Arts Festival, ASU Symphony and Orquestra Sinfônica da UFAL (Brazil). Additionally, Dr. Rocha has been a member of several orchestras in Brazil and the United States.

In the Summer of 2019, Dr. Rocha presented recitals in Italy and Spain and was Concertmaster for the Opera Maya Festival in Mexico. Additionally, he taught at ASU Orchestra Camp and Hill Country Youth Orchestra Camp.

In 2018, Dr. Rocha collaborated with composer Cynthia Jordan to arrange and write the orchestral scores for the musical The Lady in Blue. The musical was premiered in 2018 and will be staged in South Texas in the Spring of 2020. His doctoral research, entitled “An Analysis of Violin Sound Spectra with Different Shoulder Rests” was recently awarded 1st Prize at the 6th Annual Arts and Humanities Research Conference hosted by Texas Tech University in the Interactions themed panel in 2016.

Dr. Rocha holds a Bachelor of Music in Violin performance from the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (Porto Alegre, Brazil) and a Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in Violin Performance from the Texas Tech University. His major teachers include, Dr. Fredi Gierling, Prof. Hella Frank, Dr. Kirsten Yon and Prof. Annie Chalex-Boyle.

Dr. Rocha performs on a modern 2011 Luiz Amorim violin. He and his wife are currently waiting for the arrival of their first daughter, Olivia Emma Rocha. For more information visit and

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