and Board Member

Composer-in-Residence and Board Member

Known for his energetic rhythms, rich harmonic language, and striking colors, Josh Rodriguez continues to gain recognition as an emerging composer on a national and international scale. Born in Argentina and raised in Guatemala, Mexico and the United States, Rodriguez’s musical imagination has been formed by bilingual multicultural heritage.

Rodriguez has received notable commissions in a wide range of musical genres including DOS PALABRAS (Springfield Chamber Chorus Winner, 2022) and WHEN STONE BECOMES FOREST (The American Prize Winner – Band Division, 2022). Aside from concert music, Rodriguez collaborates regularly with theatre and film directors with scores appearing in international film festivals. Rodriguez earned his MM at the Cleveland Institute of Music and upon winning the Eugene V. Cota-Robles Fellowship moved west to study composition at the University of California, Los Angeles. His research at UCLA culminated with his dissertation on Alberto Ginastera’s cello music. His mentors include Richard Danielpour, Bruce Broughton, Paul Chihara, Keith Fitch, and David Lefkowitz.

Rodriguez currently serves as Associate Professor of Music Theory and Composition at Elmhurst University, and is co-director of Deus-Ex-Musica an initiative that brings musicians, pastors, and non-musicians together for concerts and conversations about the intersection of faith and new music.

To hear Rodriguez’ music, please visit: https://www.joshrodriguezmusic.com.