The Minnesota Orchestra’s Rosemary and David Good Fellowship is a two-year program intended to enhance opportunities for African American, Latin American and Native American professional orchestral musicians early in their careers and to encourage greater diversity in the orchestral field.
2019-21 Rosemary and David Good Fellow
Kai Rocke is serving a two-year term from September 2019 through August 2021.
An aspiring orchestral performer, teacher and chamber musician, bassoonist Kai Rocke has performed in the New Bedford Symphony, the Atlantic Symphony, Haffner Sinfonietta, the Shreveport Symphony, the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and the Amici Wind Quintet in numerous concert halls including Boston’s Symphony Hall, Carnegie Hall, Boston’s Jordan Hall and the Rudolfinum in Prague. He received his bachelor’s degree from the New England Conservatory in 2017 studying with Gregg Henegar of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He is currently finishing his master’s degree at Rice University with Benjamin Kamins, renowned bassoonist, pedagogue and former member of the Minnesota Orchestra. Rocke has attended festivals such as The Music Academy of the West and the National Symphony Orchestra’s Summer Music Institute, and he was previously a fellow in the National Symphony Orchestra’s Youth Fellowship Program. His other instructors have included Sue Heineman, Lewis Lipnick and David Brundage. Rocke began his musical endeavors at age 10, playing saxophone in his elementary school band, and then learned to play the clarinet and the bassoon in middle school. His interest in bassoon grew and he decided to pursue music as a career. In his spare time Rocke enjoys spending time with friends and family, reading books and playing chamber music.
2018-20 Rosemary and David Good Fellow
Emilio Rutllant is serving a two-year term from September 2018 through August 2020.
Emilio Rutllant recently joined the Minnesota Orchestra as a Rosemary and David Good Fellow, after playing with the Miami City Ballet (Opus One) Orchestra and Sinfonia Boca Raton. He has performed as principal flute in both ensembles as well as in the Nu Deco Ensemble and the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra. He has also played with the Palm Beach Opera and New World Symphony, founded numerous chamber ensembles, and taught at Indian River State College and as a graduate assistant at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. He earned his Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees from the University of Miami, and his Bachelor of Music degree from Stetson University, in addition to studies at Lynn University Conservatory of Music.
Past Rosemary and David Good Fellows
2017-19 Rosemary and David Good Fellow
Tuba player Jason Tanksley served a two-year term from September 2017 through August 2019. He earned a Master of Music degree and is now a candidate for the Artist Diploma at the Cleveland Institute of Music, under the instruction of Yasuhito Sugiyama. A native of Detroit and graduate of Wayne State University, where he studied with Dennis Nulty, Tanksley has performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Blossom Festival Band, Michigan Opera and Jacksonville Symphony, among other ensembles. As a soloist, he has appeared with the International Symphony Orchestra, Birmingham Concert Band and the Wayne State University Symphony Orchestra, as well as its Wind Symphony. He enjoys kayaking and laser tag in his spare time.
Texas native Myles Blakemore, one of our 2017 Rosemary and David Good Fellows, won a position with the New World Symphony starting in 2018. He is now with the US Naval Academy Band in Annapolis, MD. Blakemore is a graduate of Southern Methodist University, where he studied trombone with John Kitzman, and the Manhattan School of Music where he studied with Dr. Per Brevig. He has performed with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and served as second trombone with New Jersey’s Symphony in C during the 2016-17 season. He has held festival fellowships in Aspen and Spoleto and performed at summer festivals in Brevard, North Carolina, and Lake George, New York. Outside of music, Blakemore enjoys exploring new coffee shops and rooting for Dallas Cowboys Football.