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Elvin S. Rodriguez, Ed.D.

Chair, Department of Music




Elvin Rodríguez is currently Professor of Music and Chair of the Music Department at La Sierra University. Dr. Rodríguez also coordinates the Music Technology program, and is the University's Director of University Studies.  Dr. Rodríguez frequently performs in solo and chamber recitals, and has presented at local, state, and national workshops and conferences in the areas of Baroque keyboard performance practice, improvisation for beginners, and the integration of music technology in the piano curriculum.  Dr. Rodríguez continues to research and develop computerized, on-line courseware for music education, specifically in the area of music theory, and continues to compose music, specially for the choral medium. Dr. Rodríguez has worked with national and international prize winning pianists and is a frequent adjudicator for advanced and professional adjudications and competitions.


Ed.D. and Ed.M. in Piano Pedagogy from Teacher's College, Columbia University

MM and BM in Piano Performance from The Manhattan School of Music


Academic Experience:

Chair of the Music Department, 2011-present

Director of University Studies, 2011-present

Acting Chair of the Music Department, 2010-2011

Humanities Team Leader, 2007-2011

Professor of Music, 1998-present


Industry Experience:

Co-Programmer and Author of ""Music Analytica"" music theory software

MTAC Panel and Young Artist Adjudicator

MTAC Southern California Solo Competition Adjudicator

Arranged and produced ""In Jesus' Footsteps"" CD

Directed and produced various Music Department Samplers



Church Experience:

Minister of Music, La Sierra University Church, Riverside, 2011-present

Co-Minister of Music, 2009-2011

Chancel Choir Director,  2005-present

Organist and organ coordinator, 1998-present


Choir Director, First Baptist Church, Riverside, 2008-2011

Organist/Pianist for various area churches, 1998-present



Padre Nuestro, Choral composition, 1998

Lord, Hear Our Prayer , Choral composition, 2004

Our Father, Choral composition, 2005

Various prayer and benedictory choral responses, 2005-present

Various hymn arrangements for choir and instrumental accompaniment



2010 - 2011

Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, Piano Soloist, LSU Wind Ensemble

Poulenc's Two Piano Concerto, Piano Collaborator, LSU Orchestra and Andrews

University Symphonic Orchestra, MI

Piano Collaborator for seven graduating student recitals (voice and instrumental)

Piano Collaborator, Riverside Opera Guild Recitals, Stephanie Jones, soprano

Produced and performed in an outreach concert, Trilogy on the Roof, Corona, CA

Piano Collaborator, Riverside Opera Guild Recitals, Raejin Lee, soprano

Organist and Collaborator, Annual Christmas Candlelight Concert

Piano Collaborator, Riverside Opera Guild Recitals, Lisa Iskander, soprano

Piano Collaborator, Faculty Recital Series, Martin Glicklich, flute

Various performances as piano collaborator with vocal students and faculty, LSU

Organist and Collaborator, Raincross Chorale, Riverside Dickens Festival

Piano soloist, Vespers Concert, Woodland, CA

Collaborative recital with Jason Uyeyama, violin, Woodland, CA

Collaborative pianist for Music Around the World Concert, San Bernardino, CA

Loma Linda University Church Piano Duet Vespers with Grace Chung, Loma Linda

Conductor and producer of ""Christmas Ornaments"" concerts, La Sierra University Church and First Baptist

Church, Riverside - featuring soloists, orchestra, festival choir, and dramatic movement and readings



Attended Music Teachers' Association of California Convention, Los Angeles

Co-presented in the Annual Cue 2011 Conference, Palm Springs


Student Accomplishments:

Student chosen as winner of the 60th Annual Redlands Bowl Young Artists Auditions

The 18th Virginia Waring International Competition, Palm Desert, CA - Student chosen for Santiago

Rodríguez Master Class

Music Teachers' Association of California, Riverside Branch's 32nd Annual Young Pianists' Competition:

1st Place winner in Elementary II category

1st and 2nd place winners in High School I category

Music Teachers' Association of California Convention, Los Angeles - Had four students chosen to perform in the Honors Recital and the Festival Recitals (top 2% of almost 30,000 students statewide)

The Steinway Society, Seventh Annual Festival Competition, Palm Desert - Two student winners chosen

Southern California Jr. Bach Festival - two students selected for the finals Complete Works Audition competition in October 2011

Inland Empire Piano Festival competition 2011, Redlands, CA - Students winners in Solo Divisions IIB, IVA, VA and B, Concerto Division A and B, and Duet Division III

Los Angeles International Bicentennial Liszt Competition - Student chosen for 3rd prize in Division III

Student accepted to compete in the Hilton Head International Piano Competition (only 20 pianists invited)




Affiliations, Boards, Committees:

Task Force on Pre-Foundational Studies, 2011-present

Task Force on SDA Beliefs and Values in the University Studies Curriculum, Co-Chair, 2011-present

Director, Humanities Team, 2007–2011

Chair, WASC Academic Faculty Area #1 group, 2007-2009

CAS Rank and Tenure Committee, 2005-present

Director of Music Technology, 2004-present

Director of Keyboard Studies, 2003-2011


Other Committees and Affiliations:

Honors Committee

Honors Faculty Committee

University Scholarship Committee

Diversity Committee

Search Committee for Provost

Search Committee, Director of Choral Studies

Graduate Studies Council,

Music Teachers' Association of California (MTAC)

Music Teachers' National Association (MTNA)

Music Educators National Conference (MENC)

Upcoming Events

Gift Catalog

Help grow our Department of Music with your generous gifts.


University Studies


Music Technology Program

Workshop Dates coming soon!





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