Elvin S. Rodríguez is currently Professor of Music and Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at La Sierra University. Dr. Rodríguez has performed in many solo and chamber recitals, and has presented at local, state, and national workshops and conferences in the areas of keyboard pedagogy, Baroque keyboard performance practice, efficient practice and optimal learning techniques, improvisation for beginners, and the integration of music technology in the piano curriculum. Dr. Rodríguez has worked with regional, state, national and international prize-winning pianists of all ages, including Music Teachers’ Association of California Young Artists Guild winners, and most frequently, one of his YAG winners went on to win the gold medals for the solo and concerto divisions of the 2022 Virginia Waring International Piano Competition. Dr. Rodriguez is a frequent adjudicator and lecturer for advanced and professional adjudications and competitions, as well as music education seminars and workshops. His students have been accepted at top music schools nationally, including The Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, The Mannes School of Music, Eastman School of Music, Northwestern, and USC Thornton School of Music.
Recent performances include numerous chamber, and collaborative recitals, such as Addinsell’s Warsaw Piano Concerto with the Redlands Symphony, George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the La Sierra University Wind Ensemble, solo recitals and master classes, as well as curriculum development consultant in Chile, S.A. on two separate tours. Dr. Rodriguez has also collaborated in chamber music recitals with master teachers and performers of the Montecito International Music Festival and with members of the LA Philharmonic, Pacific Symphony, and Madison Symphony Orchestras. Dr. Rodríguez has also held master classes and a solo recital in Port of Spain, Trinidad and has been the featured master class clinician for the MTAC’s Panel Master Class series, the Hammered! Master Class series, as well as clinician for the Colburn School on numerous occasions. Dr. Rodriguez also participated as judge and chair of the keyboard judging panel, and master clinician, for the 2nd Hong Kong Music Festival and 2015 Competition, a wonderful international competition and festival that featured over 700 piano contestants. Recently, Dr. Rodriguez was promoted to festival managing director for the Montecito International Music Festival.
Dr. Rodríguez received his BM and MM in Piano Performance from the Manhattan School of Music in New York, and later received an Ed.M. and Ed.D. in Music Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. He has studied with Rhona Hodgen, Earle Voorhies, Constance Keene, Dr. Mark Silverman, and Dr. Robert Pace. Dr. Rodríguez has received many awards and won many competitions, including the prestigious Young Artist Guild membership given by the Music Teachers’ Association of California, and received the distinction of Promising Young Artist from the national ARTS organization. Dr. Rodríguez is also organist at Lake Avenue Church in Pasadena. Dr. Rodríguez resides in Riverside with his wife.