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David H. Rothe, DMA

Title: Music Professor Emeritus; Choirmaster; Organist
Company: California State University, Chico
Location: Chico, California, United States

David H. Rothe, DMA, Music Professor Emeritus, Choirmaster and Organist at California State University, Chico, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in music education.

With over 65 years of experience to his credit, Dr. Rothe has excelled as a private instructor of piano and organ since 1955. During this time, he has been additionally active with St. John the Baptist Catholic Church as the principal organist since 2011 and the choirmaster since 2015. He has likewise served as an organist for St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church in Chico, California since 2015. Furthermore, Dr. Rothe contributed to California State University, Chico as a music professor and university organist between 1968 and 2008.

Moreover, Dr. Rothe found success as an organist and the director of music with St. Augustine of Canterbury Anglican Church from 1995 and 2015. He was also recruited as an organist and choirmaster for St. Francis’ Episcopal Church in San Francisco, California from 1960 to 1964 and the All Souls Episcopal Church in Berkeley, California from 1964 to 1968. He formerly worked as an assistant university organist from Stanford University, a private instructor of organ for Richard Purvis and Grace Cathedral, a trombonist with the University of California Berkeley Symphony Orchestra and an organist with the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd of Burlingame, California. Beyond his primary responsibilities, Dr. Rothe was appointed as the director for his local chapter of the American Guild of Organists.

To support his professional ambitions, Dr. Rothe pursued an education at San Francisco State University, from which he earned a Bachelor of Arts in music in trombone and organ in 1961. He continued his academic efforts with a Master of Arts in music history from the University of California Berkeley in 1964. Dr. Rothe subsequently concluded his studies at Stanford University in 1967, graduating with a Doctor of Musical Arts in organ, choral and the performance practice of early music.

The recipient of multiple scholarships from the Stanford Music Guild, Dr. Rothe was notably recognized as a three-time award winner by the San Francisco and Far Western Region of the American Guild of Organists. Raised in a Christian, music-loving family, he attributes his success to the influence of his professors, including Richard Pervis, Lawrence Mo and Herb Nanny, as well as the German organist Harold Dogel. Among the highlights of his career, Dr. Rothe is incredibly proud of his work as an organ consultant, which allowed him to stock various churches and concert halls in his area with high-quality organs, which he believes attract skilled musicians to perform at the venues.

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