The American cellist and choral conductor, Joshua W. Rohde, studied at Century High School Rochester in Rochester, Minnesota (Class of 2006). He obtained his Bachelor of Music degree in in Cello Performance and his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from University of Minnesota in Minneapolis (Class of 2011); his MSM degree in Choral Conducting from Boston University (Class of 2013); and his Master of Music in Choral Conducting from University of Birmingham in England. Birmingham, UK (September 2013-June 2014). He is currently in his first year of a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral Conducting at Boston University. His conducting instructors include Simon Halsey, Dr. Scott Allen Jarrett, and Dr. Ann Howard Jones. Among his academic duties, he serves as the music director of the Wakefield Choral Society, the conducting fellow for the Marsh Chapel Choir, assistant conductor of the BU Symphonic Chorus, and teaches undergraduate theory and aural skills.
As a cellist, Joshua Rohde has been featured as a soloist on Minnesota Public Radio, the Ordway Center of Performing Arts, the Rochester Chamber Music Society, and the University of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. In addition to these performances, he has won solo competitions including the Schubert Club Scholarship Competition, the Minnesota Mary West State Solo Competition, and the Thursday Musical Competition through performing works such as concertos by Edward Elgar, Haydn, and Dmitri Shostakovich.
Joshua Rohde's choral conducting experience ranges from University to community ensembles, including Boston University, the University of Birmingham, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Chorus (UK), and the Salisbury Singers (Worcester, Massachusetts). His repertoire spans from early Renaissance to choral/orchestral masterworks to contemporary pops literature.
Some of his recent projects include conducting W.A. Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro and David Lang’s Crowd Out (world premiere for 1000 voices). Since September, he lives in Boston, Massachusetts.