Elvin Samuel Rodriguez
Elvin Rodriguez, a pianist and composer, is Professor of Music and Director of Keyboard Studies and Music Technology at La Sierra University, a position he has held since 1998. Since 2011 he has served as chair of the music department at La Sierra University and serves as Director of University Studies.
Rodriguez received B.Mus. and M.Mus. degrees in piano performance from the Manhattan School of Music and an Ed.M. and Ed.D. in music education from Teachers College at Columbia University. A piano student of Rhona Hodgen, Earl Voorhies, Constance Keene, Mark Silverman, and Robert Pace, he has won many awards and competitions in piano, including earning the distinction of Promising Young Artist from the national ARTS organization and the Young Artist Guild Award.
He has an extensive background as a soloist and performer in chamber music, and is a frequent presenter at workshops and conferences. He has also done extensive research in and development of on-line courseware in music theory. Rodriguez was involved in research and development of a music theory software program published as Musica Analytica, which is compatible with both PC's and Macs. He is listed as co-programmer and author. He has made several presentations about MA at educator's conferences.
In addition to his activity in music technology, Rodriguez is active as a performer on piano. He is involved in researching and performing Spanish/Latin American repertoire that is infrequently performed either because it is out of print or not yet published.
His students have distinguished themselves winning in numerous competitions in California. Four students were recently chosen to perform in the Honors Recital and the Festival Recitals (top 2% of almost 30,000 students statewide) in the Music Teachers' Association of California Convention, Los Angeles.
Sources: Information provided by Elvin Rodriguez, 2011, La Sierra University music department website (2013); other online sources.
Music by Elvin Rodriguez
Padre Nuestro, choral composition, 1998
Lord, Hear Our Prayer, choral composition, 2004
Our Father, choral composition, 2005
Various prayer and benedictory choral responses, 2005-present