Professor Dr. Darkson Magrinelli Rocha, BA ‘12, MM ‘14, Music Performance

Written by Monet Avila

Join us in welcoming Adjunct Professor Dr. Darkson Magrinelli Rocha, BA ‘12, MM ‘14 to the Department of Music Performance! Brazilian clarinetist Dr. Magrinelli is a Selmer-Paris Performing Artist, who began his musical career at the age of 9. As a flourishing performer on the international stage, he has won the Azusa Pacific University (APU) Concerto Competition in California in 2013 and the Young Soloist Competition at Orquestra SESI/FUNDARTE in 2006 and in 2007. Dr. Magrinelli worked as APU’s Brazilian liaison, connecting music students in South America and the U.S. He has helped start the California University Experience Program at the International Center, and has given back to the music community by offering students free lessons and performing charity concerts.

Dr. Magrinelli's experience has formed under the instruction of Kelly Burke, Diego Grendene, and clarinetist Michele Zukovsky (Los Angeles Philharmonic) who praised him saying, “this wonderful and knowledgeable musician is able to give recitals where the audience is immediately engaged and thrilled. Magrinelli is a superb clarinetist who always plays in the service of the music.”

This professional holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, a Master of Music degree and Artist Certificate from Azusa Pacific University, a Bachelor of Music degree from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) in Porto Alegre, Brazil, and a Clarinet Diploma from the Conservatório Pablo Komlós, Brazil.

As a soloist, he has performed concertos by Mozart, Weber, and Krommer with orchestras in Brazil and the United States. As a clinician, he has given masterclasses in Brazil, Ecuador, and the United States. Dr. Magrinelli is a teacher and performer in the International Festival of Music Guaranda each Summer, which is held in Ecuador and Colombia. His musical path has led him to work with Andy Hudson, Jennifer Showalter, Burt Hara, and Yehuda Gilad. Dr. Magrinelli was previously the Professor of Clarinet at Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina, and 2nd/Bass Clarinetist with the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra, served as Adjunct Professor of Clarinet at East Tennessee State University, and Teaching Assistant for the UNCG Clarinet Studio.

Dr. Darkson Magrinelli Rocha will start the Fall 2021 semester as the new area Head of the Winds Program in the Music Performance Department! Welcome to the APU Cougar family!

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