Rochelle Pearson received her M.M. in Music Performance (Magna Cum Laude) from the University of Akron where she received full scholarship to study with Andrew Jennings (violin), Alan Bodman (viola), and Stephen Majeske (violin) of the Cleveland Orchestra. She has been a violin/viola teacher for 30 years, and is a Certified Suzuki teacher in all ten books. She was a violinist in America’s Orchestral Academy, The New World Symphony, under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas, which traveled extensively throughout Europe, Israel and South America. She received private viola lessons and master classes from Robert Vernon, Victoria Chiang, Ellen Rose, Lisa Boyko, Yitzhak Schotten, and Lynne Ramsey.
Rochelle is a former adjunct Suzuki Violin faculty member of Miami Dade Community College. She also studied at the Meadowmount School of Music, and participated in the Pacific Music Festival in Japan. In her youth, she played in the Portland Youth Philharmonic, which played a joint anniversary concert with the New York Philharmonic under the direction of Leonard Bernstein, then was the first American orchestra to tour the former Yugoslavia.
Rochelle currently is Assistant Principal Violist with the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra, and formerly with the Florida Philharmonic and Naples Philharmonic Orchestras. She resided in Stevens Point, Wisconsin with her husband Tom. Their son Benjamin is a cellist at the Cleveland Institute of Music.