Joseph Alcocer is the string specialist for the new orchestra program at Brighton Area Schools and is completing a Master of Music Education degree at Eastern Michigan University. A native Texan, Joseph holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in violin performance from Huston-Tillotson University and majored in music education at Texas State University. He began his teaching career in Austin, TX where he ran a large private teaching studio of violin and viola students and taught orchestra at Manor High School and Manor New Technical High School.
At Eastern Michigan, Joseph held a graduate assistantship in the Band Area, where he was the assistant conductor of the Concert Band, Basketball Band, and assisted the band directors on tours of West Michigan and a performance at the 2018 Michigan Music Conference.
Joseph is a registered teacher of the Suzuki method and maintains a thriving violin and viola studio in Brighton and Ypsilanti. He continues to actively perform on violin with Michigan Philharmonic, Dearborn Symphony, Adrian Symphony and freelances throughout southeast Michigan. During the summer Joseph is on the violin faculty at the Michigan ASTA string camp in Howell.
As of 2019, he is thrilled to be serving as the new music director and conductor for the Livingston Youth Orchestra.
Joseph began playing violin in a free elementary school strings program and grew up playing in a school orchestra while exploring his Mexican heritage through Mariachi music. He began his teaching career in Austin, TX where he ran a large private teaching studio of violin and viola students that regularly placed in TMEA All-Region Orchestras, UIL State Solo & Ensemble Contest, and were members of the Austin Youth Orchestra. He also taught orchestra in the public schools most recently at Manor High School and Manor New Tech High School where he provided a high level of teaching to an underprivileged student base.
Joseph performed as a section violinist with several orchestras in Texas including: Round Rock Symphony, Victoria Symphony, Temple Symphony, and Laredo Philharmonic. He is a former violinist of the Modus Novus String Quartet, a contemporary music ensemble formed with graduates of the Berklee College of Music. Other notable performances include performing with Jeff William’s Freelance Orchestra and alongside Boston-Based Video Game Orchestra at RTX 2015 and 2016 that included songs from Rooster Teeth’s hit web series Red Vs. Blue and RWBY.
Joseph’s primary violin teachers include Mario Dimitrov, Lynn Ledbetter, Eugene Gratovitch, Grace Youn, and Daniel Foster. His Suzuki teachers include Melissa Kraut, David Strom, Laurie Scott, and Mark Mutter. Joseph’s professional affiliations include American String Teacher’s Association, Suzuki Association of the Americas, and Mu Phi Epsilon.