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Martin Rokeach  |  Interests  |  Scholarship  |  Service  


  • Ph. D. music composition and theory, Michigan State University
  • B.M., M.M. music composition, San Francisco State University

Teaching Experience:

  • Saint Mary's College of California (1984 - Present)

Professional Experience:

  • Prof. Rokeach's music has been performed throughout the United States, Europe and Australia. He has been commissioned to write music for the California Music Educators Association, the Left Coast Ensemble, Northeastern University School of Music and the California Association of Professional Music Teachers.


  • 1st prize Chicago Ensemble Competition - (1999)
    "North Beach Rhapsody" for clarinet and piano
  • First prize in New York's Cygnus Ensemble Competition - (1998)
    ""Fantasy on Twelve Strings" for two guitars


  • Concerto for Piccolo and Orchestra - Oakland East Bay Symphony (November 2015)
    I have accepted an invitation from the Oakland East Bay Symphony to compose a concerto for piccolo and orchestra.
  • Multiple music compositions - multiple (January 2014)
    Multiple compositions including Running at the Top of the World, Ninth Avenue Hustle, Going Up?, Fantasy on Twelve Strings, Six Questions, Sleepless Night, Delicate Fear, have been recently performed by soloists and touring ensembles in Ohio, Texas, Maine, Massachusetts, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, upstate New York, Philadelphia, Berkeley, and Santiago Chile.
  • Running at the Top of the World - Ellsworth-Smith Inernational Trumpet Competition (September 2012)
    All eight finalists, representing five countries, in the trumpet world's most prestigious competition were required to play "Running at the Top of the World" before a panel of international judges.
  • Honorable Mention - 2001 International Clarinet Association Competition (2001)
    "North Beach Rhapsody" for clarinet and piano


Selected Presentations

  • Six Questions. Rokeach, Martin (other-Music)
    Fresno New Music Festival
    (November 2011)
  • Rokeach, Martin
    Recent performances of my compositions have taken place in North Carolina, South Carolina, Massachusetts, Maine, upstate New York, Texas, New York City, Philadelphia, Berkeley, Santiago Chile.


  • Rokeach, Martin. 2006. Six Questions for violin and percussion, Go Fish Publications
  • Rokeach, Martin. 2006. Exile: Two Poems by Brenda Hillman, Go Fish Publications
  • Rokeach, Martin. 2000. Can't Wait, Roncorp
  • Rokeach, Martin. 2000. Scherzo, Roncorp
  • Rokeach, Martin. 1994. North Beach Rhapsody, Roncorp
  • Rokeach, Martin. 1990. Sonata for Violin and Piano, Fallen Leaf Music
  • Rokeach, Martin. 1990. Coda, Fallen Leaf Music
  • Rokeach, Martin. 1988. Nocturne, ALRY Publications
  • Rokeach, Martin. 1986. Tango, Dorn Publications
  • Rokeach, Martin. 1984. "Variations for Flute and Piano" and "Prelude and Fantasy", Dorn Publications


Commission from Eight Strings and a Whistle (NY)

  • Going Up?. numerous. (2008)
    Numerous performances of new work for flute, viola, cello on numerous occasions in New York, New Jersey, Boston and Maine.

Commissioned by Robert Ward, Principal Horn, SF Symphony

  • Delicate Fear for horn and piano. San Francisco Conservatory of Music; Composers, Inc.. (March 2009)
    Commissioned and performed by Robert ward, Principal Horn with the San Francisco Symphony, accompanied by pianist Mark Shapiro

Performances of Compositions

  • Sleepless Night for Fl., Vln., Cello, Gtr.. Cygnus Ensemble (NY), USC Contemporary Music Ensemble. (November 2013)
    In November 2013 New York's Cygnus Ensemble performed and recorded "Sleepless Night."
  • Going Up?. Composers, Inc.. (October 2009)
    Performed by SMC faculty member Dawn Foster-Dodson and two members of the San Francisco Symphony
  • Fantasy on Twelve Strings. Festival of New American Music (Sacramento), Sarah Lawrence College, Hunter College, WCNY radio, KABL Radio,. (November 2008)
    Performed by Anderson-Fader Guitar Duo throughout East Coast and West Coast
  • Exile: Two Poems by Brenda Hillman. Boston Conservatory. (April 2008)
  • Ninth Avenue Concerto for bass trombone and orchestra. Eastern Trombone Workshop, Arlington, VA. (March 2008)
  • Can't Wait. NYU & Marshall Univ.. (December 2007)
  • North Beach Rhapsody. Performed by NY Duo on tour through Georgia and Florida. (October 2007)
  • Fast Lane for trumpet/Vln.. Composers, Inc; Univ. of Pacific; Los Medanos College. (October 2007)
  • Can't Wait for violin, clarinet, piano. Marshall University. (September 2007)
    Perormed by facultry trio at Marshall University, W. VA
  • Nocturne for picc./pno.. Norway. (June 2007)
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