Composer: Nicholas Rocha (s.a.), 2009
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Nicholas Rocha is a life-long musician, having begun piano lessons at five
years old and continuing through high school. He is a 2011 graduate of
Vassar College, where he received his B.A. in music, and also completed a
minor in medieval/Renaissance studies. In the past eight years, Nicholas has
devoted himself to the choral arts, singing in several choirs - most
recently, the Vassar College Mixed Choir under the direction of Christine
Howlett and the Vassar College Madrigal Singers under the direction of Drew
While at college, Nicholas also worked as the music history intern for
professors Brian Mann and Kathryn Libin, with whom he shares an
inexhaustible love for musicology. He also worked as an accompanist for the
College's Women's Chorus for two years, and for the local Capella Festiva
Treble Choir for three years. He also proudly served as the director of the
college's only student-run early music group, the Vassar Camerata for two
years. Under his direction, the group performed notable works such as
Lully's "De profundis," Vivaldi's "Magnificat," and Josquin's "Missa Pange
Nicholas has composed several choral pieces now, the Ave Maria written for
the College's Madrigal Singers available for purchase being the very first.
He also wrote a choral setting of Walt Whitman's text "A Clear Midnight" for
the passing of Vassar's eighth president, Virginia Smith. It was performed
in the fall of 2010 for a memorial ceremony held for her. Nicholas is
currently working on an unaccompanied Requiem Mass and an English setting of
the Mass Ordinary for organ and SATB, in light of the new translation. He
has also composed a Salve Regina for SSAA for the Vassar College Women's
Chorus, and he looks forward to its premiere in the spring.
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