Frank La Rocca • Composer

Drawing upon influences as diverse as Josquin, Byrd, Stravinsky, George Crumb and Arvo Pärt, his music has been described as possessing a “luminous beauty” with “a profound sacred sensibility” and as “a modern evocation of the radiant spirituality of ancient chant.”

His catalog includes works in nearly all genres, with a special emphasis on a cappella sacred choral works.


He has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and California Arts Council, and his awards include Second Prize in the Foundation for Sacred Arts Music International Composition Competition, ASCAP Young Composers Award, and Grand Prize in the Vanguard Voices Choral Competition. 

His music is available through his publishers, Boosey & Hawkes, Walton, and Santa Barbara Music Publishers, and directly from the composer.  La Rocca has been Professor of music composition and theory at CSU East Bay since 1981, and is an Artistic Director and past Executive Director of Composers, Inc. of San Francisco.

Late have I loved you, O Beauty ancient 
  and ever new! Late have I loved you!

Frank La Rocca is a composer

of contemporary art music, especially sacred choral music.  Trained as an academic modernist during his degree studies at Yale and U.C. Berkeley, he came to see modernism as a barrier to free musical expression and spent many years in search of a personal creative language. 

Among those who have commissioned works and performed his music are the Diocese of Oakland, Artists Vocal Ensemble (AVE), San Francisco Girls Chorus, Alexander String Quartet, the trio Strata, the Madrigirls of Glasgow, Tucson Girls Chorus, Cambridge Chamber Consort, and the Monteverdi Chor München.