Joseph Alcocer is a violinist and string teacher pursuing a Master of Music Education degree at the School of Music and Dance 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.
Joseph is a String Specialist for the orchestra program at Brighton Area Schools. He is thrilled to be bringing a school orchestra to a community that has never had it before. In addition, he maintains a thriving private violin and viola studio and continues to be in-demand as a violinist. He regularly performs with Michigan Philharmonic, Dearborn Symphony, and Adrian Symphony and is an active freelancer throughout southeast Michigan. During the summers Joseph is on the violin faculty at the Michigan ASTA string camp.
Joseph has registered teacher training in the Suzuki Method through Book 4 as well as Suzuki in the Schools. His teachers include Melissa Kraut, David Strom, Laurie Scott, and Mark Mutter.
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. Joseph’s professional affiliations include American String Teacher’s Association, Suzuki Association of the Americas, and Mu Phi Epsilon.