Dr. Fagner Magrinelli Rocha
D.M.A. Texas Tech University
M.M. Texas Tech University
B.M. Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul
Dr. Fagner Rocha is Visiting Artist and Orchestra Director at Angelo State University where he also teaches Applied Strings, Chamber Music, String Methods and directs the ASU Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Strings. Before his current appointment at ASU, Dr. Rocha served as Assistant Professor of Violin at the Universidade Federal de Alagoas in, Maceió, Brazil.
Dr. Rocha has appeared as a chamber musician, soloist and pedagogue in South and North America, as well as in Europe. He is the former first violin of the ALAGOAS String Quintet, group that was awarded the FUNARTE prize in 2013 in Brazil, and described as “ ‘The Incredibles’ String Quintet” (Gazeta de Alagoas, 2013). Dr. Rocha has performed at the UNESCO in Paris in 2013, being received with great enthusiasm. He has been featured as guest artist at the Fredericksburg Community Orchestra, Chamber Music Amarillo, Lake City Arts Festival and Orquestra Sinfônica da UFAL (Brazil).
Dr. Rocha is a former member of the Orquestra Sinfônica da UCS, Orquestra Filarmônica da PUC/RS and UNISINOS Chamber Orchestra in Brazil and the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra and Big Spring Symphony in the United States. Additionally, he has taught at the Texas Tech String Project and served as Chamber Music and Sectional Coach for the Youth Orchestras of Lubbock. In 2011, Dr. Rocha launched the Laboratório de Violino, a project developed in Brazil, in partnership with Texas Tech University, to teach violin to young children. This project earned him the São Francisco de Assis Pacifist Seal offered by the city of Maceió, in recognition of his educational and social work.
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.