Artistic Director and Conductor
A string bass player from Ellicot City, Maryland, Dominique Hoskin is a musician, leader, and aerospace devotee based in Cambridge, MA. Initially a cellist, Dominique began studying music at the 8 before switching to string bass at the age of 9. After being selected for his All-County and All-State Orchestras, Dominique studied with Matt Boggs of The Peabody Institute of The John Hopkins University through high school. Following his passion for aerospace and music, Dominique pursued his Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering with a minor in Music at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After receiving his SBAE, he returned to MIT for his Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering.
During his time at MIT, Dominique performed with the MIT Symphony Orchestra, the MIT Wind Ensemble, the MIT Chamber Chorus, and was seen onstage numerous times with the MIT Chamber Music Society. An active performer in the Greater Boston Area, Dominique has additionally performed with the Charles River Wind Ensemble, Brookline Symphony Orchestra, the Dudley Orchestra, and the Belmont Festival Orchestra.
Following his successful stint in freelancing, Dominique found a natural love and affinity for conducting. Working closely with Maestro Fred Harris, MIT Wind Ensemble Director, and Maestro Adam Boyles, MIT Symphony Orchestra Director, Dominique was encouraged to take his skills to the stage. Conducting such pieces as Antonin Dvorak’s Serenade for Strings, Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6, and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, Dominique has conducted MIT’s IAP Orchestra, and the MIT Pathos Ensemble. In 2016, in addition to conducting, Dominique was also named the Director of both ensembles.
In August 2020, Dominique was named the next Artistic Director and Conductor of the Du Bois Orchestra based in Cambridge, MA, an ensemble dedicated in using music to overcome social exclusion while elevating underrepresented voices in classical music. In addition, Dominique is a Doctor of Philosophy Candidate (PhD) in Aerospace Engineering at MIT.
Joe LaRocca, a native of Chicago Illinois, maintains an active career as a performer and composer throughout the United States. His diverse repertoire reaches far beyond the realm of standard western concert music, spanning from rock to baroque. He is currently sitting Reed 1 on the Jesus Christ Superstar 50th Anniversary National Tour performing on tenor sax, flute and clarinet. He is formerly principal flutist of the DuBois Orchestra at Harvard, the Belmont Festival Orchestra, and section flute in Boston Chamber Symphony, as well as provided sub work for a number of orchestras around Massachusetts. Joe is the founder of the Bosch Ensemble, an ensemble that emphasizes playing music that breaks the mold of standard new music repertoire. Joe was also the member of Trio Animando, a flute, viola, and harp trio that won the prestigious chamber ensemble competition at Northern Illinois University.
Joe LaRocca is the founding member and composer of a progressive rock chamber group Mano, who have recently recorded an album of music composed by Joe, which has been featured on radio stations in Russia, France, Canada, and the United States. Mano performs regularly around Chicago and the Midwest. Along with Mano’s Album, Joe recorded a studio recording of Vermont Counterpoint by Steve Reich, and a professional live recording of his most recent solo flute recital at Longy School of Music’s recital hall.
Joe has successfully participated in workshops and festivals around the world to include the Talis Festival and Academy, Nief Norf Summer Workshop, Longy Divergent Studio, and the International Baroque Institute at Longy. Joe has studied with flutists Susan Levetin, Wendy Rolfe, Lisa Cella, Peter Middleton, Elizabeth Barber, Kim Sopata-Fleuchaus, Marco Granados, Na’ama Lion, and Clint Foreman. Joe extensively performs on piccolo, baroque flute, low flutes, recorders, Irish flute, tin whistles, dizi (Chinese bamboo flute), saxophones, clarinet, pan flute, and the Akai electronic wind instrument. He is also currently learning to play the oboe. Joe received his Master of Music in flute performance at Northern Illinois University, and was awarded the coveted artist diploma at Longy School of Music of Bard College. While on tour, Joe continues to freelance around the United States, and to program recitals that focus on diverse programming, visual art, satirical performance art, and performing works by underrepresented composers in the underplayed idioms of new music and early music.
Joe has been the personnel director of the Du Bois Orchestra since 2016, recruiting and managing a roster of over 50 local musicians, and is excited for his next step as Executive Director.
Administrative Staff with Bios to come: