Josh Rodriguez, was born in Cordoba, Argentina and spent his childhood in Guatemala and Mexico where he studied piano, guitar, saxophone, and violin. After completing a BA in Music through Thomas Edison State College in 2006 with M. Dean Kincaid, he returned to Mexico to work in a bilingual private school for three years. In addition to the expected music history, theory, and choir classes, he also taught songwriting and directed his own musicals and adaptations. During this time, he studied composition with Myrna Bazán and continued to develop his skills as a local performer. In May 2011, he graduated with a Master of Music in Composition at the Cleveland Institute of Music, studying with Keith Fitch and Steven Kohn. Awarded the prestigious Eugene V. Cota-Robles Fellowship at the University of California, Los Angeles, Rodriguez moved to California to study with Ian Krause, Paul Chihara, David Lefkowitz, Richard Danielpour, and Roger Bourland; Rodriguez completed his Ph.D in Composition in 2015.


As a scholar, his research at UCLA culminated with his dissertation (“Tiemble y estalle la fiesta:” Toward Understanding Alberto Ginastera’s Musical Language in the Final Decade of his Neo-expressionist Phase Through Analysis of the Cello Concerto No. 2 with a Focus on Symmetrical Structures and Symbolism). His post-doctoral research is focused on Ginastera’s late works, and his relationship with North American orchestras and universities.


Rodriguez's music spans various genres including sacred choral works, classical concert music, contemporary popular songs, and film scores. Rodriguez was Composer-in-Residence of the Brahms' Ghost Trio (2014-16), taught composition and songwriting faculty at the Coda Mountain Academy Music Festival ( and has worked with numerous ensembles including the Youngstown Scoring Stage, the HASOM Chamber Orchestra, and Symphony Irvine. He and his wife, pianist Mary Vanhoozer (, served as directors of music at New City Presbyterian Church (2015-17). In 2017, he joined the faculty at California Baptist University as Assistant Professor of Music Theory and Composition and continues to work as composer and performer in southern California.