Big Spring Symphony Orchestra appoints Dr. Fagner M. Rocha as new music director

Big Spring Symphony appoints Dr. Fagner M. Rocha as new music director

Big Spring Symphony Orchestra has appointed Dr. Fagner Magrinelli Rocha as its new music director.

Dr. Rocha’s appointment comes in the wake of the death of beloved Maestro Keith Graumann, and following a season of guest conductors. His appointment was announced and celebrated at the Big Spring Symphony Guild’s annual fundraiser on May 11.

Over the last few years, Dr. Rocha served as concertmaster and played several solos with the Big Spring Symphony.  On Feb. 17, he conducted the orchestra for the first time in what was described as an energetic collaboration with Jody Nix and The Texas Cowboys.

Dr. Rocha said he was honored to be chosen for the role.

“My history with the symphony goes back to 2008 when I was playing in the violin section.,” Dr. Rocha said. “I always enjoyed great support and admiration from the late Dr. Keith Graumann and the community. I am excited to engage in many projects and lead the ensemble for many years to come.”

Dr. Rocha also serves as associate professor of Music at Angelo State University, where he teaches violin, viola and directs the ASU Symphony Orchestra.  Before his appointment at Angelo State, he was assistant professor of Violin at the Universidade Federal de Alagoas in Maceió, Brazil. He also performs as concertmaster for the San Angelo Symphony and Ballet San Angelo Orchestras.

“The future of the Big Spring Symphony Orchestra has never looked brighter as we enter a new era,” the Big Spring Symphony Orchestra stated. “We are finalizing plans for our 2024/2025 Season.”

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