Sergio Rodriguez has been teaching orchestra in the United States since 1997. He has been appointed as the new orchestra director at M. Jackson High School. Previously, he was the orchestra's director at Grady High School in Atlanta, where he also taught guitar and music appreciation. His orchestra program has been
Sergio Rodriguez has been teaching orchestra in the United States since 1997. He has been appointed as the new orchestra director at M. Jackson High School. Previously, he was the orchestra's director at Grady High School in Atlanta, where he also taught guitar and music appreciation. His orchestra program has been recognized by the Georgia Music Educators Association with superior ratings for outstanding performances. Recently, the orchestra under his leadership performed at Carnegie Hall, and has been selected to perform at the prestigious American String Teacher Association National Orchestra Festival (ASTA). Mr. Rodriguez was named Best Teacher of The Year by the Atlanta Family Award for Excellence in Education ,and was promoted to Lead Master Teacher for all Atlanta Public Schools orchestra programs.(2009-2017)
Mr. Rodriguez is native of San Pedro Sula, Honduras. He began his music studies in violin at the Victoríano López Music School. In 1986 Rodriguez was invited to the United States by the Vermont Symphony Orchestra. He continued his musical education at Southeastern Louisiana University, the University of Kentucky and the Longy School of Music, MA.
As an educator, he taught violin, viola, chamber music and music theory in Honduras at such institutions as the the Magnet School for Music and Children of the Carl Orff System, the National School of Music, the National Conservatory of Music Francisco Dias Zelaya and Honduras National University. In the United States, he has also taught strings at Southeastern Louisiana University and the Acadiana Conservatory of Music in Lafayette, Louisiana.
In Georgia, the Mundo Hispániconewspaper recognized Mr. Rodriguez as one of ten outstanding Hispanic citizens of the community (Héroes de nuestra comunidad) for his dedicated work with Latino children.
As conductor, Sergio Rodriguez has directed the Southeastern Louisiana University String Orchestra, Acadiana Symphony Youth Orchestra and Southwestern Louisiana University Orchestra. He founded the National Youth Chamber Orchestra in Tegucigalpa. During the summer of 1998 he received a conductor fellowship at the South Carolina Conductor’s Institute. He has served as guest conductor for the Atlanta Community Orchestra, Buckhead Chamber Orchestra and Honduras Philharmonic and in 2011 was a conducting fellow at the Bard Conservatory, NY. His conducting teachers include Donald Portnoy, Adrian Gnam, Harold Faberman, Apo Hsu,Gregory Pritchard, Kirk Muspratt, Samuel Jones, Paul Vernel, Juan Ramirez, Sandra Dakow, Raymond Harvey, Eduardo Navega, Kate Tamrking, and Leon Botstein.
He won first prize as conductor of the first Children’s Chorus Competition in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, and was awarded diplomas of achievement from the National School of Music and the Honduras Ministry of Culture. He has also won prizes at the Music in the Parks Festival in Florida. He is founder and conductor of the Dougherty County (Ga.) Youth Symphony Orchestra. As a violinist, Mr. Rodriguez performs regularly with the Atlanta Virtuosi, and the symphonies of Valdosta, Macon and Albany (Ga.). He has performed with the Honduras National University Chamber Orchestra (concertmaster), Central American Youth Symphony Orchestra, Baton Rouge Symphony, Lexington Philharmonic, Hanover Chamber Orchestra, New England Philharmonic, Dartmouth Symphony, Honduras National Symphony Orchestra and Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra (Southeast Asia tour). Mr. Rodriguez also toured to Puerto Rico with the Atlanta Virtuosi. He has given recitals in Honduras and the U.S. He has appeared at music festivals such as the Central American Youth Symphony Orchestra Festival, Costa Rica Music Festival, Honduras Music Festival and Chautauqua Music Festival. He was artist-in-residence at Chalmette Discovery Summer Program in Louisiana.
Mr. Rodriguez published articles about the Honduran musical environment in the newspaper El Heraldo and his own column in El Periodico. He continues to write as a music critic for his home country papers.
As a composer, Sergio Rodriguez has written music for chamber orchestra, as well as childrens’ musicals and arrangements of Honduran music. Sibelius Music Company has published his compositions at www.scoreexchange.com.
Mr. Rodriguez resides in Alpharetta, married to Silvia and has three children; Sergito, Arianna and Yazmin
THE JACKSON HIGH SCHOOL ORCHESTRAS
Students audition for the director in the spring and then again in the middle of the year for placement in the different orchestras. Placement in each orchestra is not based on age, or year in school, but ability, discipline and attitude. The more experienced players will participate in the Intermed
THE JACKSON HIGH SCHOOL ORCHESTRAS
Students audition for the director in the spring and then again in the middle of the year for placement in the different orchestras. Placement in each orchestra is not based on age, or year in school, but ability, discipline and attitude. The more experienced players will participate in the Intermediate Chamber Orchestra (String Chamber Orchestra II) and Advanced Chamber Orchestra (Philharmonic) while those who need to gain more experience will continue in the First Level Orchestra (String Chamber Orchestra I) and will perform in concerts. All of Jackson's orchestras maintain busy schedules and every group will have plenty of performance opportunities. Some of the concerts will use the combined Festival Orchestras featuring all of the orchestras performing together, as well as utilizing members of the Symphonic Band.
STRING CHAMBER ORCHESTRA I
This orchestra is made up-mostly- of freshman students who were in orchestra at the middle school and are eager to develop high skills of performance. Performances will usually be combined with the Intermediate Orchestra. The orchestra will participate at All-State, District Honor Orchestra, and perform at GMEA Solo and Ensemble Festival.
STRING CHAMBER ORCHESTRA II
This orchestra is primarily for students who already have some skill and experience and need to be playing at higher level, before being placed in an advanced group. We will concentrate on developing proper technique for each individual instrument and improving as musicians.
Performances will usually be combined with the String Orchestra I at the end of each semester. The director will make the final decision on which group a student will be in. The orchestra will participate at All-State, District Honor Orchestra, and perform at GMEA Solo and Ensemble Festival.
This group is the more advanced ensemble, and placement is determined by audition. The Philharmonic Orchestra is usually a smaller ensemble than the Chamber Orchestras, and it should be seen as an honor to be placed in this group. We concentrate on musicianship and ensemble development as opposed to individual work on specific instruments. This group plays more difficult music which requires more time and discipline outside of class. Many students in this group study privately outside of school and audition for All-State, District Honor Orchestra, and perform at GMEA Solo and Ensemble Festival.