Originally from Woodbridge Virginia, Kai Rocke embraces a varied career as an orchestral performer, chamber and teacher. Currently Mr. Rocke is the recently appointed bassoon/contrabassoon with the Oregon Symphony. He also serves on aculty at Youth Orchestra of LA’s (YOLA) National Festival during the summer.
A graduate of both The New England Conservatory and Rice University, he also completed the Rosemary and David Good fellowship with the Minnesota Orchestra. Prior to his fellowship he was an avid teacher in the Houston area and 2nd bassoon with the New Bedford Symphony. Mr. Rocke has also performed with various ensembles including the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Ft. worth Symphony, the Shreveport Symphony and the Amici Wind quintet. His primary teachers include Benjamin Kamins, Gregg Henegar, Sue Heineman and Lewis Lipnick.