Stephen Rochford


Dr. Stephen Rochford has been Professor of Music and Director of the Irvine Valley College Instrumental Music Area (IMA) since 1990.  He conducts the Wind Symphony and manages all aspects of the program.  He has also served extensively in faculty governance including as Chair of the School of Fine Arts and Chair of the Department of Music.  For 21 years he has served in the Academic Senate as School of Fine Arts Representative, or as an Officer as Chair of the Academic Affairs Committee and Vice President and now is the longest serving Senator in the college’s history, finally, from 2009-2012 he served as a Member of the Board of Governors of the IVC Foundation.

Since 1990 the IMA has grown from one concert band of 18 players to include the Wind Symphony, Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble and Guitar Courses, Chamber Music, Applied Music as well as collaborating with the department and college on numerous concert activities and events.  The IMA is student focused, we have placed students in intercollegiate ensembles for the College Band Directors National Association and Music Association of California Community Colleges for 20 years.  Each season the IMA features student, faculty and guest conductors, concerto soloists and composers.  Since 1991, IMA ensembles have performed over 50 new compositions and provided hundreds of opportunities for both major and non-major music students to have their works read in rehearsals.  Our alumni have transferred to each of the region’s major universities as well as out of state universities and are now working in the vast array of music and arts professions.

Dr. Rochford is currently President of the Southern Section of the Music Association of California Community Colleges.  He also a member of the College Band Directors National Association National Task Force on Small Colleges and Community Colleges and is the California Representative for Two Year Colleges.

Dr. Rochford received his Bachelor of Music degree in clarinet performance and his Master of Music degree in instrumental conducting from California State University, Fullerton and, his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting from The Claremont Graduate University.  He likes cats and dogs and enjoys reading, walking, movies, museums, galleries, the Angels and the Lakers.  He also very much enjoys travelling and only needs to visit Alaska, Connecticut and Rhode Island in order to have been in all fifty states.