Bassoonist KAI ROCKE has been named as the Minnesota Orchestra’s Rosemary and David Good Fellow and will begin his two-year appointment with the orchestra in September 2019. The fellowship, founded in 2017, is designed to encourage greater diversity in the orchestral field by supporting the career development of outstanding young musicians of African American, Latin American, and Native American descent as they embark on professional orchestral careers. In the fellowship, Rocke will observe and participate in Minnesota Orchestra rehearsals; perform with the orchestra at selected concerts; study with orchestra musicians; and train and prepare for auditions. Rosemary and David Good Fellows receive mentoring from Minnesota Orchestra musicians and provide mentorship in return, as they work with Minnesota students on initiatives through the orchestra’s Education and Community Engagement department. Rocke has performed in the New Bedford Symphony, Atlantic Symphony, Haffner Sinfonietta, Shreveport Symphony, Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, and the Amici Wind Quintet. He received his bachelor’s degree from the New England Conservatory in 2017 and is currently finishing his master’s degree at Rice University.

Posted April 22, 2019