Rocky Tejada, Artistic Director, Delaware Choral Society
Rocky F. Tejada is in his eighth year working in Delaware as a conductor and music educator. He is currently the choral director at the newly-built Odessa High School in the Appoquinimink School District, where he teaches choir, piano, and musical theater. Prior to his current position, Mr. Tejada was the choral director at Middletown High School, where he enjoyed a fruitful tenure. His students regularly performed major works with orchestra, and appeared on community stages throughout the state of Delaware and the east coast. In 2018, the MHS choir performed at the historic Carnegie Hall in NYC where they were recognized with superior ratings.
Mr. Tejada enjoys an artistic career, in addition to his educational work. He is an active singer and regularly performs in chamber groups and choirs in the area and abroad. He has performed with Delaware Choral Arts, Kent Chamber Choir, and the Northern Delaware Choral Society. Recently, he has performed with the Alpenkammermusik chamber music festival in Washington D.C., and conducted in Granada, Spain with the Coro Ciudad de Granada in 2019. Currently, he holds the director of music position at St. Mark’s First United Methodist Church in Stanton, Delaware. The chancel choir performs vibrant Christmas and Easter works with orchestra each year under his baton.
Mr. Tejada received his bachelor’s degree in music from Jacksonville State University where he studied vocal performance and opera. He received his master’s degree in choral conducting from the University of Alabama in 2011. Over the past decade, he has conducted works such as Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Rutter’s Gloria, Pinkham Christmas Cantata, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, and a variety of early and modern works for large ensembles and chamber choirs.
His mission as Artistic Director of the Delaware Choral Society is to carry out the vision of the organization in pursuit of excellence and artistry through meaningful choral works that our community may enjoy and be inspired. Mr. Tejada is looking forward to working with the enormous wealth of talent in this area, and conducting some of the most beautifully crafted monumental works. He is excited for the collaborative experiences with the Delaware Youth Chorale and involving more young singers in the organization. He seeks to contribute to the excellent choral traditions of the state and expand the impact of DCS in the community.
Sherry Roscoe, Accompanist
Sherry received Bachelor’s degrees in Music Education (K-12) and Music Therapy from Wartburg College in Waverly, IA. Upon graduation she began teaching elementary music, band and chorus in Caroline County, MD. She then began to work as a private contractor providing Music Therapy services to area schools, nursing homes, and agencies serving those with mental and physical challenges.
Sherry is a member of Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) and an independent contractor serving as accompanist in both choral and instrumental settings at schools and colleges in the local area. She has served in several local churches as Director of Contemporary Music, Director of Music, Organist, Handbell Choir Director, and Accompanist and is currently serving as Organist and Handbell Choir Director at Wesley UMC in Dover. Sherry also owns and operates an independent piano studio, Grace Notes Piano Studio, providing creative, quality piano lessons to students of all ages.
Sherry is married to Jim Roscoe, and has three children; Bryan, Elyse and Chrystopher.