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Joshua Rodriguez, PhD

Assistant Professor, Theory and Composition

Josh Rodriguez is an American composer whose work spans many genres including classical concert music, film scores, sacred choral works, contemporary popular songs, and music for theater.

He completed a BA in Music through Thomas Edison State College and MM in Composition at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Awarded the prestigious Eugene V. Cota-Robles Fellowship at the University of California, Los Angeles, Rodriguez moved to California completing his Ph.D in Composition (2015).

His research at UCLA culminated with his dissertation (Tiemble y estalle la fiesta: Toward Understanding Alberto Ginastera’s Musical Language in the Final Decade of his Neo-expressionist Phase Through Analysis of the Cello Concerto No. 2 with a Focus on Symmetrical Structures and Symbolism). In addition to Ginastera, Rodriguez has delved into the music and history of the 16th century Genevan Psalter: a collection of sacred music assembled under the supervision of John Calvin in Switzerland.

He currently serves at the Collinsworth School of Music at California Baptist University as Assistant Professor of Music Theory and Composition, and as co-director of Deus Ex Musica, an initiative that brings composers, theologians, pastors, and laypeople together for concerts and conversations about the intersection of faith and art.