Selected Alumni Bios

Daniel Rocha

Daniel Rocha is a freelance hornist and an educator. Currently based in Newark, Delaware, he has performed extensively in and around the New York City metropolitan area. A versatile performer, Daniel's performance credits range from a production of The Who's "Tommy" in Manhattan's Abrons Arts Center, to a performance with the band Weezer on the stage of Madison Square Garden. In the studio, he has performed as principal horn on jazz pianist Kenny Werner's album, "No Beginning, No End," featuring Joe Lovano on saxophone and the vocals of Judi Silvano (Half-Note Records, 2010), and on the feature film "Blue Ridge." 

As a chamber musician, Daniel is an active promoter of music for the woodwind quintet, championing new works, and premiering them with the Spectre Wind Quintet, and most recently, with 

NOTU5 (no-tus), the resident fellowship quintet of the University of Delaware. Reaching beyond traditional performance outlets, NOTU5 has been active in the Newark-Wilmington public school systems with outreach programs fusing popular and classical musical forms. Daniel received a B.M. in Horn Performance with a minor in Business Studies from New York University, where he studied with Joseph Anderer. He is currently pursuing a M.M. in Horn Performance from the University of Delaware where he studies with John D. Smith.

Photo: Rocha (seated) with his quintet.