Joseph Alcocer, is a violinist and string teacher.

He is a string specialist for the orchestra program at Brighton Area Schools and directs the Livingston Youth Orchestra.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Violin Performance from Huston-Tillotson University, majored in Music Education at Texas State University, and has completed work toward a Master of Music degree from Eastern Michigan University.

As a violinist, he regularly performs as a member of Michigan Philharmonic, Dearborn Symphony, Adrian Symphony, and in various freelance settings throughout southeast Michigan.

A private music teacher since 2011, he maintains a thriving violin and viola studio in Brighton and Ypsilanti. Joseph’s teaching is rooted in the Suzuki Talent Education Method and he has registered training in violin units 1-4 and Suzuki in the Schools.

During the summer Joseph is on the violin faculty at the Michigan ASTA string camp in Howell.


Joseph began playing violin in a free elementary school strings program and grew up playing in a school orchestra while also 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 at Manor High School and Manor New Tech High School.

Joseph performed as a section violinist with several orchestras in Texas including: Round Rock SymphonyVictoria SymphonyTemple 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.

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