Frank La Rocca


Drawing upon influences as diverse as Byrd, Stravinsky, George Crumb and Arvo Pärt, Frank La Rocca’s music has been described as work of “luminous sacred introspection, transcendental effect, and breathtaking beauty” (Lindsay Koob, American Record Guide). His catalog includes works in nearly all genres, with a special emphasis on a cappella sacred choral works. He is the recipient of grants and commissions from the National Endowment for the Arts, California Arts Council, the San Francisco Girls Chorus and the Madrigirls of Glasgow, among many others, and his awards include the Foundation for Sacred Arts International Composition Competition, ASCAP Young Composers Award, and Vanguard Voices Choral Competition. His choral works have been heard on five continents in venues such as Notre Dame Cathedral, Uspenski Cathedral in Helsinki, and the National Cathedral in Washington, DC. La Rocca’s new CD, In This Place, recently reached number 10 on Amazon’s classical music sales charts and features conductor Jonathan Dimmock, the Artists Vocal Ensemble and renowned soprano Christine Brandes. His music is available through his publishers, Boosey & Hawkes, Walton, Santa Barbara Music Publishers, and Lumen Verum Music Imprints. Educated at Yale and UC Berkeley, Frank La Rocca has been Professor of music composition and theory at CSU East Bay since 1981, where he was recognized on three occasions for Outstanding Merit as a Professor of Music. La Rocca is a founding member and past Executive Director of Composers, Inc.

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