Mrs. Rodriguez Biography
2015 Canutillo I.S.D. Elementary Teacher of the Year
Mrs. Rocio Rodriguez holds a Bachelor of Music on Voice Performance from the University of Texas at El Paso, and a Master of Music Education from the University of Florida. Mrs. Rodriguez has performed with the El Paso Choral Society under the direction of Mr. Prentice Loftin. Performances with this group include concerts with the El Paso, Juarez, and Las Cruces Symphony Orchestras. She participated at three opera productions with the El Paso Opera which include: Aida, Il Trittico, and Il Trovatore. Her teachers include Dr. Cynthia Jay, Dr. Christopher Meerdink and Ms. Marciem Bazell (+). While she was a college student, she participated at several productions with the UTEP Music Theater Company. These include zarzuela, opera, and music theater productions, some of the under the direction of Dr. Hugh Cardon (+). She also performed in the opera Suor Angelica from Il Trittico singing the main role in 2006.
As a Music Educator, she currently teaches at Canutillo Independent School District. In 2015, Mrs. Rodriguez received the honor to be the Canutillo I.S.D. Elementary Teacher of the Year, proudly representing the district at Region 19. She has been a Music Teacher and Choir Director at Jose Damian Elementary School and currently teaches at Reyes Elementary School. She created the JDE and RES choirs respectively. R.E.S. Chamber Choir is comprised of 4th and 5th grade students who go through a rigorous audition process in order to be selected. Both J.D.E. and R.E.S. Chamber Choirs are award-winning groups. J.D.E. choir got a Gold Award at the World Strides© Heritage Music Festival in Anaheim, California in 2013 and 2016. Recently, R.E.S. choir got a gold award at the same festival in May, 2018. Additionally, Mrs. Rodriguez has collaborated with the Canutillo High School choral department by providing voice lessons for Solo & Ensemble Contests. She is a former choir director of the El Paso Youth Choir, Da Vinci School for Science and the Arts, and taught voice lessons at the Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez. Mrs. Rodriguez is an active member of the Texas Music Educators Association, the Texas Classroom Teachers Association, and the Texas Choral Directors Association. In addition, she attended vocal pedagogy workshops at the Texas Woman’s University in 2013 and 2015. In 2014, Mrs. Rodriguez sponsored a Summer Choir Camp with the U.T.E.P. Professional and Public Programs. She has been a private teacher for more than ten years, teaching voice, piano, and guitar lessons in El Paso, and Juarez.
As a professional soloist, Mrs. Rodriguez participated at the Recital Series Jóvenes Intérpretes sponsored by the Mexican Institute of Fine Arts and the Juarez Museum of Art. She was a soloist for three years at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. In 2014, she performed as a soloist at the Mozart’s Coronation Mass in Juarez and El Paso with the El Paso Chamber Choir. In addition, she performs regularly with the Motiff Music Ensemble. Ms. Rodriguez is married to Mr. Christian E. Rodriguez, a Band Director at Canutillo Middle School and both have two beautiful children. She loves Italian food, loves cats, and enjoys traveling around the world with her family.