Classical Guitarist Brad DeRoche
As a guitarist, Brad DeRoche has explored a wide variety of musical styles ranging from classical masterpieces to modern works by living composers. He is an active concert artist, appearing as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral soloist. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in classical guitar performance from the Eastman School of Music where his principle instructor was Nicholas Goluses. In addition, he participated in many masterclasses with prominent concert guitarists including David Russell, Raphaëlla Smits, Paul Galbraith, Fabio Zanon, Denis Azabagic, Scott Tennant, and many others.
He has premiered several new works including a solo composition by Prix de Rome prizewinner Vincent Frohne. He has performed, taught, or presented seminars at the Eastman Guitar Festival, the Interlochen Guitar Festival, the Las Vegas Guitar Festival, the Alexandria Guitar Festival, the Cleveland International Guitar Festival, the Michigan Classical Guitar Workshop, and others.
As an educator, Dr. DeRoche teaches guitar, guitar ensemble, music history, and music theory courses. He is chair of the music department at Delta College and also directs the guitar programs at Central Michigan University and Saginaw Valley State University. From 2006-2011, he was the director of classical guitar studies at the Interlochen Arts Academy, Arts Camp, and Adults Arts Camps. In 2017 he won the Bergstein Award for Teaching Excellence, the highest award given to a faculty member at Delta College.
Dr. DeRoche has enjoyed a wide variety of activities in his professional life. In addition to being a performer and educator, he and his brother owned and operated the successful online retail business “Strings By Mail.” In 2015 he wrote a music appreciation textbook titled “An Introduction to Art Music” published by Kendall-Hunt. He currently directs a concert series at Delta College called the “Allegro Series” which has presented some of the world’s finest musicians in it’s 24 year history. He is a founding member of the Mid-Michigan Classical Guitar Society, and gives many presentations on scholarly topics related to music history, guitar performance and technique, performance anxiety, and on the acquisition of expertise.