Joseph LaRocca

Joseph LaRocca

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Joe LaRocca, a native of Chicago Illinois, maintains an active career as a performer and composer throughout the United States. His diverse repertoire reaches far beyond the realm of standard western concert music, spanning from rock to baroque. He is currently principal flutist of the DuBois Orchestra at Harvard University and the Belmont Festival Orchestra, as well as providing sub work for a number of orchestras around Massachusetts. Joe is the founding member of Ensemble Roca, a new music ensemble that emphasizes playing music that breaks the mold of standard new music repertoire. He is also the founder of the Type-A Trio, a saxophone, flute, and piano trio that specializes in performing Beethoven trios arranged for baritone sax, flute, and piano. Joe was also the member of Trio Animando, a flute, viola, and harp trio that won the prestigious chamber ensemble competition at Northern Illinois University.
Joe LaRocca is the founding member and composer of a progressive rock chamber group Mano, who have recently recorded an album of music composed by Joe, which has been featured on radio stations in Russia, France, Canada, and the United States. Mano performs regularly around Chicago and the Midwest. Along with Mano’s Album, Joe recorded a studio recording of Vermont Counterpoint by Steve Reich, and a professional live recording of his most recent solo flute recital at Longy’ School of Music’s recital hall.
Joe has extensively studied and performed multiple idioms of world music and modern American music to include jazz, R&B/soul, Arabic classical, Latin Jazz, Brazilian, Venezuelan, Chinese, Scottish highland, and Irish traditional music. He has studied under and performed with renowned musicians in these idioms to include; Marco Granados, Ruben Alvarez, Omar Al-musfi, Issam Rafea, Issa Boulos, Kinan Abou-afach, Jui-Ching Wang, Jiaqi Li, John McGann, Patrick Cannady, Ron Bowen, John Christopher Paris, Harry Skoler, and others.
Joe has successfully participated in workshops and festivals around the world to include the Talis Festival and Academy, Nief Norf Summer Workshop, Siena Summer Music, and the Festival of Flutes. Joe has studied with flutists Susan Levetin, Wendy Rolfe, Lisa Cella, Peter Middleton, Elizabeth Barber, Kim Sopata-Fleuchaus, Marco Granados, Na’ama Lion, and Clint Foreman. Aside from C flute, Joe extensively performs on piccolo, baroque flute, alto flute, dizi (Chinese bamboo flute), and the Akai electronic wind instrument.

“Joe is one of the most enterprising and driven students that I’ve had the pleasure to work with. He continually strives to push the boundaries of the flute repertoire with creative programming recitals, and I predict a bright musical future ahead of him.” – Marco Granados (Soloist, chamber musician, and educator)     
 "Joe LaRocca is a superb, complete musician and expressive player, who plays on the level of the very best flutists I have ever heard, anywhere and anytime." – Ken Randofsky (Saxophone soloist and professor at New England Conservatory, Boston University, and Longy School of Music)
"Joe LaRocca has established himself as one of the leading advocates of new music for flute in the United States and abroad. He masterfully represents the consummate musician required of 21st century demands in skill, creativity, and versatility." – Jessica Maxfield (Saxophone solosist and professor at University of Southern California)
"Joe LaRocca is a lyrical and soulful musician, with a beautiful sound.” – Nathaniel Meyer (Director of the Belmont Festival Orchestra.)



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