Head of Woodwind
John Rojas is the Head of Woodwinds at the Beau Soleil Music Centre in Cape Town where he is director of the Senior Wind Band. He holds a Bachelor and Master of Music degree with departmental honors from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.
He began his music studies on piano having played for Rudolf Serkin and José Iturbi. After winning many awards he continued studies on the clarinet, oboe and saxophone.
Mr Rojas later studied conducting with Prof Hans Beer of the Munich Opera and Leonard Bernstein.
Mr Rojas has gained wide experience in America as a member of various orchestras, including appearances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York City Opera and the touring American Ballet Theatre orchestra. He came to South Africa in 1983 to play Co-Principal Oboe and Solo English horn with the CAPAB orchestra and later the Cape Town Symphony Orchestra.
As a versatile musician in both jazz and the classical fields Mr Rojas has performed with the world-renowned The Modernaires on alto sax. He was invited to play oboe with the London Philharmonic Orchestra with Franz Welser-Möst conducting and the Warsaw Philharmonic led by Yehudi Menuhin during their recent tours of this country.
Mr Rojas has served as adjudicator for POLMUSCA, ABSA National Youth Music Competition, Sanlam National Music Competition, local Eisteddfods, and as external examiner for UNISA and Stellenbosch University.