Meet Joe LaRocca: woodwind educator at Winchester Stage Music Center

Joe LaRocca, Woodwind teacher at Winchester Stage Music Center.

Joe LaRocca, a native of Chicago Illinois, maintains an active career as a performer and composer throughout the United States. His diverse repertoire reaches far beyond the realm of standard western concert music, spanning from rock to baroque. He is currently principal flutist of the DuBois Orchestra at Harvard, and the Belmont Festival Orchestra, and principal piccolo in the Metropolitan Wind Symphony and Boston Chamber Symphony as well as providing sub work for a number of orchestras around Massachusetts. Joe is the founder of the Bosch Ensemble, an ensemble that emphasizes playing music that breaks the mold of standard new music repertoire. Joe was also the member of Trio Animando, a flute, viola, and harp trio that won the prestigious chamber ensemble competition at Northern Illinois University.

Joe LaRocca is the founding member and composer of a progressive rock chamber group Mano, who have recently recorded an album of music composed by Joe, which has been featured on radio stations in Russia, France, Canada, and the United States. Mano performs regularly around Chicago and the Midwest. Along with Mano’s Album, Joe recorded a studio recording of Vermont Counterpoint by Steve Reich, and a professional live recording of his most recent solo flute recitals at Longy School of Music’s recital hall.

Joe has extensively studied and performed multiple idioms of world music and modern American music to include jazz, R&B/soul, Arabic classical, Latin Jazz, Brazilian, Venezuelan, Chinese, Scottish highland, and Irish traditional music. He has studied under and performed with renowned musicians in these idioms to include; Marco Granados, Ruben Alvarez, Omar Al-musfi, Issam Rafea, Issa Boulos, Kinan Abou-afach, Jui-Ching Wang, Jiaqi Li, John McGann, Patrick Cannady, Ron Bowen, John Christopher Paris, Harry Skoler, and others.

Joe has successfully participated in workshops and festivals around the world to include the Talis Festival and Academy, Nief Norf Summer Workshop, Longy Divergent Studio, the International Baroque Institute at Longy, and the Amherst Early Music Festival. Joe has studied with flutists Susan Levetin, Wendy Rolfe, Lisa Cella, Peter Middleton, Elizabeth Barber, Kim Sopata-Fleuchaus, Marco Granados, Na’ama Lion, and Clint Foreman. Aside from C flute, Joe extensively performs on piccolo, baroque flute, alto flute, dizi (Chinese bamboo flute), and the Akai electronic wind instrument. Joe received his Master of Music in flute performance at Northern Illinois University, and was awarded the coveted artist diploma at Longy School of Music of Bard College. Joe currently freelances around the Boston area, and continues to program recitals that focus on diverse programming, visual art, satirical performance art, and performing works by underrepresented composers in the underplayed idioms of new music and early music.


At Stage Music Center, we guarantee: 

  • A tailored music education for your age, level & learning style.

  • Weekly one to one lessons with experienced teachers.

  • Possibilities to showcase your progress at recitals.

  • A safe learning environment.