Matt LaRocca is a composer, conductor and educator based in Burlington VT. He conducts the Champlain Philharmonic Orchestra and is on the faculty of the University of Vermont. Matt is also the Director of Music-COMP, an organization that teaches composition to students throughout Vermont and facilitates live performances of their music by professional musicians. Committed to new music and innovation, Matt is the Artistic Curator of the Vermont Symphony’s Jukebox concert series.
As a composer, Matt’s work has been commissioned by groups such as the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, the Metropolitan Wind Symphony, the New Jersey Youth Symphony and the Great Falls Symphony Orchestra. From 2007-2008 he was the Faculty Composer in Residence for the Montana State University Symphony. Artistic residencies include an expedition to the high arctic through The Arctic Circle organization and free improvisation residencies at schools in New Hampshire and California. He frequently performs as both a violist and a guitarist.
Matt attended Middlebury College, graduating with a B.A. in chemistry and music in 2002. He holds a Masters of Music from Carnegie Mellon University and a doctorate from Boston University.