Joshua Rodriguez

Joshua Rodriguez, Elmhurst University

Joshua Rodriguez, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Music
Department of Music

Known for his energetic rhythms, rich harmonic language, and striking colors, Josh Rodriguez (b. 1982) continues to gain recognition as an emerging composer and collaborator on a national and international scale. Born in Argentina and raised in Guatemala, Mexico, and the United States, Rodriguez’s musical imagination has been formed by this bilingual, multi-cultural heritage.

Rodriguez (ASCAP) collaborates regularly with theatre and film directors and has written concert music in a wide range of musical genres including WHEN STONE BECOMES FOREST (winner, The American Prize – Professional Band Division) and DOS PALABRAS (winner, Springfield Chamber Chorus Composition Competition). Rodriguez is composer-in-residence of the Corona Symphony Orchestra (CA), and serves as Associate Professor of Music Theory and Composition at Elmhurst University. He completed his PhD at the University of California, Los Angeles where his research culminated with a dissertation on Argentine composer Alberto Ginastera. Rodriguez’ music is published by Walton Music, Murphy Music Press, and J. W. Pepper.

To hear his music, visit:


  • Music Theory Composition – concert, film, and video game music
  • Film Music History and Techniques
  • The Music of Alberto Ginastera (Argentina)
  • Contemporary Sacred Music

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