Rochelle Rice is the Festival’s Early Childhood Education Coordinator for our DC Jazz Bops! which uses jazz-inspired books and storytelling to teach our community’s youngest learners about music and promote an early interest in reading. Following experiences with music therapy, cognitive and psychological development, and her love for music and education, Rochelle’s experience in early childhood learning includes teaching for Gymboree Play and Music, starting a choral program at Shining Stars Montessori Public Charter School, and creating Da Capo!, an early childhood music history and musicianship skills class. Named Best Jazz Vocalist by Washington City Paper Jazzy Awards, Rochelle is a consistent voice on the Washington DC music scene, has performed at some of the area’s top venues and events including The Kennedy Center, Strathmore Mansion, The Filmore, and DC Jazz Festival, and is an alternate for the internationally renowned Grammy-award winning a cappella ensemble, Sweet Honey In The Rock®. For more information on Rochelle, visit www.RochelleRiceMusic.com!