Herbert Rothgarber, award-winning composer, pianist, teacher and clinician, received his B.A. in Music Education at N.Y.U., and his M.A. at CUNY’s Hunter Colege. His composition teachers include Wallingfor Reigger, Bernard Wagenaar, and Michael Fiveisky. A member of LICA and ASCAP, consultant to the New York State Bureau of Music Education and co-founder of the Long Island chapter AOSA, he has created two distinct bodies of musical works.
The first, "Music For Students," is an outgrowth of his 35 years of involvement in the music classroom and in the Orff-Schulwerk movement. This contains highly successful method books and musical theater pieces for young people, as well as vocal and instrumental works for solos and ensembles.
The second category, "Concert Music," reflects his years as a serious composer of contemporary music whose works have been performed at home and abroad. This contains concert music for voices instruments, solos and ensembles, including The Furies, first prize winner of the Northport Choral Competition.
Mr. Rothgarber is presently retired from the Oceanside, L.I. school district where he taught music for 28 years, serving also as Choral Director, and is a faculty member of Nassau Community College. He has recently been invited to become a board member of the Long Island Arts Council at Freeport.