Brandon M. Rockstroh is entering his 8th year as Director of Choral Music and Musical Director at Southwest High School, having previously taught middle school for two years in Mequon, WI. Under his direction, the number of students enrolled in choir has risen from 102 to 240, and the annual musical has become the largest activity in the school, complete with sellout crowds and critical acclaim. He has successfully supervised six student teachers, who are now all employed as music teachers around the state. In 2016, Brandon proudly led a $250k renovation of the school’s auditorium, alongside three music parents.
In 2008, Brandon graduated with honors from UW-Milwaukee with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Choral & General Music Education. Since then, he has served as Artistic Director of the Green Bay Boy Choir, and he has served as a guest conductor, clinician, speaker, and director of various productions and events around the state. The Green Bay Chamber of Commerce named him a “Teacher of Distinction” in 2012, a “Golden Apple Award Winner” in 2016, and he received the “Outstanding Young Choral Director Award” from the Wisconsin Choral Directors Association (WCDA) in 2017.
Brandon’s choirs have performed with the legendary Kenny Rodgers, child prodigy Ethan Bortnick, and were selected to perform at the 2012 Wisconsin Music Educators Association (WMEA) State Music Conference and the 2014 Wisconsin Choral Directors Association (WCDA) State Convention. As a singer, Brandon has performed in honors choirs and numerous theatrical productions, including in the 2013 New York Musical Theatre Festival, with his wife.
Brandon and his wife, Joy, are most proud to be parents to 6-year old Avaya and baby Oscar. Brandon is so humbled and honored to complete a life goal in writing The Book of Empty Pages!