Award-winning pianist Keenan Reesor has thrilled audiences in the United States, England, Austria, Hungary, and Russia. Recent appearances include the Los Angeles California Club, the Encore! Recital Series of Palm Springs, San Bernardino State University at Indian Wells, and the Dixie History and Music Series at the historic Tabernacle in St. George, Utah.
This season appearances include recitals in Irvine, Salt Lake City, and Utah State University (Logan), as well as Rachmaninoff’s Third Concerto with the Utah State University Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Reesor’s centennial performance of Rachmaninoff’s Third with the USC Thornton Chamber Orchestra can be viewed on the web.
A laureate of the Wideman International Piano Competition and the International Festival for Creative Pianists, Mr. Reesor was also a nominee for the 2013 American Pianists Association Classical Fellow Award. His performances have been heard on KUSC-FM Los Angeles and KBYU-FM Provo, Utah. An enthusiastic collaborator, he has appeared in concert with members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and St. Louis Symphony.
Mr. Reesor holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the USU Caine School of the Arts (piano studies with Gary Amano) and a Master of Music degree from the USC Thornton School of Music (piano studies with Norman Krieger), where he is currently pursuing a PhD in Historical Musicology. Mr. Reesor lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Nonie, and their three children.
Joshua Roach, composer
Joshua Roach leads a multi-faceted life as a conductor, composer, and music educator. Currently, Roach is the assistant conductor for the Downey Symphony. He also holds the music directorship of the Pacific Symphony Youth Wind Ensemble. Additionally, he has served as a guest conductor of the USC Thornton Chamber Orchestra and Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra, co-conductor of the USC Concert Orchestra and assistant/cover conductor for the Pacific Symphony and the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra.
Roach enjoys a rich and diverse life as a freelance musician and composer. He has been hired by companies such as Turner Classic Films, DreamWorks Pictures, Fox, PBS, the University of Arkansas Fort Smith, and various recording studio orchestras in Los Angeles. Over the years at USC, he has composed numerous USC student films and made a number of arrangements and transcriptions of orchestral and chamber masterworks for wind ensemble. Most recently, he was commissioned to compose a new work for the USC Thornton Concert Orchestra and for the Downey Symphony.
As a conductor-educator, Joshua Roach has been very active and involved in a myriad of pedagogical endeavors. In 2008, Roach served as conductor for the Irvine Young Concert Artists Orchestras, leading them on a 21-day tour of South Korea and China. He has also toured with the Paradise Valley High School Wind Ensemble from Phoenix, AZ. During the fall of 2010, Roach was invited to participate as assistant conductor for the Landesjugendorchester of Baden-Württemberg, a highly selective youth orchestra in Southern Germany. The summer of 2011 marked one of Roach’s more active periods of education when he served as the assistant music director for the Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra’s debut tour to Bulgaria, guest conductor for the Idyllwild Summer Native American Arts seminar, and finally as assistant conductor, large ensemble coach and trumpet teacher for the Idyllwild Festival High School Orchestra, Wind Ensemble and Chamberfest Chamber Orchestra. Through the academic year, Joshua performs clinics with orchestras and wind ensembles from various institutions in California, including the Downey Unified School District, and also from other states.
Hailing from Arizona, Roach originally moved to California to pursue a bachelor's degree at USC in music performance. Following his studies in performance, with additional instruction in composition and conducting, he went on to complete a graduate certificate student in the Scoring for Motion Pictures program where he studied with some of the leading composers and orchestrators in the Los Angeles film industry. In 2012, Joshua completed a master’s degree in orchestral conducting at USC, a student in the studio of Larry Livingston.