Martin David Rokeach (Emeritus)


Professional Overview: 

Martin Rokeach

Music Theory, European Music History, Jazz and Blues History, Chamber Music, World Music

A member of the Performing Arts Department since 1984, composer Martin Rokeach has written music for orchestra, wind symphony, voice, chamber ensembles, solo instruments, and film. His works are widely published, have been performined in more than twenty foreign countries, and have earned honors in fourteen national and international competitions. Upcoming performances include a world premiere with the Oakland Symphony and concerts in New York, Denver, Flagstaff, and Zagreb, Croatia. In 1999, he was named Saint Mary's College Professor of the Year. For more information on Martin Rokeach, please visit his website,

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Contact Information: 

Syufy Performing Arts - 220

Phone: 925-631-4682



Saint Mary's College

Performing Arts

Box 4268

Moraga, CA 94575


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

Professional Experience

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.

Courses Taught

Recently Taught:

  • Nine Great Composers: Nine Masterpieces

Regularly Taught:

  • Form and Analysis, Theory and Ear-Training, Orchestration, Jazz and Blues in America, World Music & Dance, Music and Romanticism, Twentieth Century Composers, Chamber Music
  • Lust, Greed, Murder: Six Great Operas


Professional Associations:

  • Member of the Advosry Board of Directors of Cazadero Music Camp.
  • Member of the Society of Composers, Inc.


Saint Mary's:

  • Director, Saint Mary's Chamber Musicians
  • Academic Senator
  • Music Scholarship Coordinator


Selected Presentations

  • Featured Guest Composer; School of Music, Northern Arizona University (2016)
  • Nunca Olvida for mezzo-soprano and guitar; New York City (2016) Premiered by the Bowers/Fader Duo of New York
  • Concerto for Piccolo and Orchestra; Oakland Symphony (2016)
  • Can't Wait for violin, clarinet and piano; Composers, Inc., Berkeley (2016)
  • Six Questions for percussion and violin; Composers, Inc., Berkeley; (2014); Performed by members of the San Francisco Symphony
    Fresno New Music Festival (2011) Performed by members of Tempo (Los Angeles)
  • Recent performances of compositions have taken place in North Carolina, South Carolina, Massachusetts, Maine, Muncie, Indiana, upstate New York, Texas, New York City, Philadelphia, Berkeley, Santiago, Melbourne.
  • Featured Guest Composer; Sion Conservatory of Music, Switzerland

Commissioned by the Oakland Symphony

Bodies on the Line: The Great Flint Sit-Down Strike; anticiapted premiere 2019

Commissioned by the Bowers/Fader Duo (NY; 2016)

Nunca Olvida for mezzo-soprano and guitar

Premiered in New York City with additional performances in Brooklyn and Spokane.

Commissioned by Oakland Symphony (2016)

Concerto for Piccolo and Orchestra


Commissioned by consortium of twelve East Coast trumpeters (2012)

Running at the Top of the World for trumpet and piano

Commissioned by Eight Strings and a Whistle (NY; 2008)

Going Up? for flute, viola and cello
Premieredc in New York city with additional performances in New York, New Jersey, Boston, Maine.

Commissioned by Robert Ward, Principal Horn, San Francisco Symphony (San Francisco; 2009)

Delicate Fear for horn and piano. Premiered at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music; Composers, Inc.






  • 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

Active Research Projects

Currently composing a 40-50 minute oratorio for orchestra, chorus and vocal soloists on the subject of the Great Flint Sit-Down Strike of 1937. It will be premiered by the Oakland Symphony and Chorus during their 2019-20 season.

Honors, Awards & Grants

  • 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
  • Honorable Mention; International Horn Society Composition Competition (2010) Delicate Fear for horn and piano
  • 2nd Prize; Audio Inversions Composition Competition (2006)                                  Sleepless Night for flute, violin, cello and guitar
  • 1st prize Chicago Ensemble Competition (1999)                                                                            North Beach Rhapsody for clarinet and piano
  •  2nd Prize; International Clarinet Society Composition Competition                   Can't Wait for violin, clarinet and piano
  • First prize in New York's Cygnus Ensemble Competition - (1998)
    Fantasy on Twelve Strings for two guitars


Scholarly Interests: 


  • Music Composition