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.
Originally from Virginia, Kai Rocke is currently a Rosemary and David Good fellow with the Minnesota Orchestra. Previously he performed as second bassoon with the New Bedford Symphony and has also performed with various orchestras such as the Atlantic Symphony, Haffner Sinfonietta, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Shreveport Symphony. Rocke received his bachelor’s degree from the New England Conservatory as a student of Greg Henegar and completed his master’s degree at Rice University with Benjamin Kamins, who was also a former member of the Minnesota Orchestra. Rocke has attended festivals such as Spoleto USA, The Music Academy of the West and the National Symphony Orchestra’s Summer Music Institute. His other primary instructors have included Sue Heineman, Lewis Lipnick and David Brundage. In his spare time Rocke enjoys cooking, spending time with friends and family, reading books and playing chamber music.
Past Rosemary and David Good Fellows
2018-20 Rosemary and David Good Fellow
Emilio Rutllant performed with the Minnesota Orchestra as a Rosemary and David Good Fellow during the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons, 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.
2017-19 Rosemary and David Good Fellow
Tuba player Jason Tanksley is a performer and educator based in the Twin Cities and is currently the Instructor of Tuba at St. Olaf College. A native of Eastpointe, Michigan, Tanksley graduated Detroit’s Wayne State University, where he studied with Dennis Nulty. Tanksley also holds a Master of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied under the instruction of Yasuhito Sugiyama. Recently completing a two year fellowship with the Minnesota Orchestra, Tanksley also studied with members of the Orchestra. As an in-demand orchestral musician, Tanksley is a frequent guest musician with the Cleveland Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Jacksonville Symphony, Michigan Opera Theater and other ensembles. As a soloist, he has appeared with the International Symphony Orchestra, Birmingham Concert Band, Wayne State University Symphony Orchestra, as well as its Wind Symphony. Jason is proudly a B&S and Melton Meinl Weston performing artist and clinician.
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.