Artistic Staff

Rocky Tejada, Artistic Director, Delaware Choral Society

Rocky F. Tejada

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 Roscoe

After growing up in New Mexico, graduating from college in Iowa, and living in Cleveland, OH, Sherry has been calling Delaware home for the past 20 years.

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. The development of Sherry’s home music studio began in 1995, and Sherry’s Piano Studio continues to thrive, providing piano lessons to students of all ages.

Currently serving as Music Director at Three Stones Church in Dover, Sherry has also served in several local churches as Director of Contemporary Music, Organist, Handbell Director, and Accompanist. She is employed frequently as an accompaniest in the local area with individuals, groups, and schools.

Sherry is married to Jim Roscoe, and has three children; Bryan, Elyse and Chrystopher.

Heather Swartzentruber, Artisic Director, Delaware Youth Chorale

Heather Swartzentruber

Earning her B.A in Comprehensive Music Education with a concentration in voice, Heather L. Swartzentruber graduated Magna Cum Laude from Delaware State University.

Ms. Swartzentruber is a seasoned elementary and middle school music educator at private school in Dover, Delaware. She teaches Preschool through 5th grade general music, the 5th grade beginning band program, as well as several 6th-8th grade very active bands and choruses. In addition to her teaching schedule, she facilitates the school’s drumline, marching band, Mass choir and the Crusader Choir, as well as prepares students for All-State auditions. Her passion for excellent music does not stop with her duties at school.

She is the Director of Music for a local church in Dover, Delaware. She is currently active in the Delaware Choral Society and the Kent Chamber Choir. While her students are an extension of her heart, she is blessed to be “Mom” of four. She currently resides in Dover, Delaware where she has a private studio.

Her professional memberships include: ACDA (American Choral Directors Association), NAfME (National Association of Music Educators), DMEA (Delaware Music Educators Association), and KCMEA (Kent County Music Educators Association).