Director of Graduate Studies, Associate Professor of Bassoon
Lionel Hampton School of Music
875 Perimeter Drive MS 4015
Moscow, Idaho 83844-4015
Javier Rodriguez joined the faculty in 2014.
Javier Rodriguez, D.M., is the associate professor of bassoon and director of Graduate Studies at the Lionel Hampton School of Music at the University of Idaho where he teaches undergraduate and graduate studio bassoon, graduate courses in bibliography and research, undergraduate courses in career skills and world music, and performs with Northwest Wind Quintet, Hammers & Reeds Faculty Trio, and co-directs the LHSOM Double Reed Ensemble. His research focuses on commissioning and performing chamber music from underrepresented composers. For these efforts, in October 2020 he was awarded a University of Idaho College of Letters Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS) Humanities Fellowship endowed program to foster teaching in the Humanities, and a 2022 Presidential Mid-Career Excellence Award.
Rodriguez has held numerous orchestral positions throughout the United States including engagements with the Baton Rouge, Lake Charles, Valdosta, and Walla Walla Symphonies, the Louisiana Sinfonietta, the Natchez Opera Festival Orchestra, and the Ars Nova Chamber Orchestra. He has also performed with the Austin, Jacksonville, Kentucky, San Antonio, Tallahassee and Monterrey (Mexico) symphonies.
In the summer, Rodriguez teaches at the University of Idaho Summer Music Camp, and has previously taught at the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, the Vianden International Music Festival and School in Luxembourg, the LSU Honors Chamber Winds Camp, the FSU Summer Music Camps Double Reed Workshop, and has served as a Teaching Assistant at the Brevard Music Festival.
Rodriguez is a founding member of the Post-Haste Reed Duo (PHRD). Along with performances and master classes at numerous colleges and universities though out the United States, PHRD has also appeared at College Music Society (CMS) and International Double Reed Society (IDRS) national conferences, the Society for Electro Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS), the North Atlantic Saxophone Alliance (NASA), the Association for Technology for Music Instruction (ATMI), the White Lake Chamber Music Festival (MI), Chamber Music Montana Summer Festival, the Center for New Music in San Francisco, Spectrum Contemporary Music Venue in Brooklyn, and Future Music Oregon (FMO). PHRD has also served as Ensemble-In-Residence at the Jubilus Festival in Gainesville, FL, Avaloch Farm Music Institute, and as the pilot ensemble for Classical Revolution Portland’s (CRPDX) Outreach Series. PHRD’s two albums, Beneath a Canopy of Angels…A River of Stars (2016) and Donut Robot! (2019) are released on the Aerocade Music Label and have been received with critical acclaim.
As a soloist and chamber musician, Rodriguez has commissioned works by composers including Daniel Asia, Alexis Bacon, Drew Baker, Jenni Brandon, Nansi Carroll, Stephen Coxe, Edward J. Hines, Cindi Hsu, Simon Hutchinson, Michael Johanson, Joshua Keeling, Lanier Sammons, John Steinmetz, U of I alumnus Paul Taylor, Greg Wanamaker, Ethan Wickman, and Bang on a Can co-creator Michael Gordon. He holds a Doctor of Music degree from Florida State University, Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Louisiana State University, and has also studied at the University of Cincinnati College‐Conservatory of Music. His teachers include Jeffrey Keesecker, William Ludwig and William Winstead.