Rochelle Rice is a dynamic and compelling vocalist, songwriter, and clinician. Her
profound and flawless sound is a woven tapestry of jazz-centric contemporary pop and
soul. As a consistent voice on the east coast music scene, Rochelle has performed at top
venues and events including Strand Theater, The Kennedy Center, Blues Alley, DC
JazzFest, Strathmore Mansion, Walt Disney Concert Hall, and Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley.
Described as “beautiful, spiritual music, steeped in Rice’s trademark fusion of jazz, pop,
and soul/R&B,” Rochelle released her debut project, WONDER, to a completely sold out
standing room-only crowd at AMP by Strathmore. Complete with beautiful original music,
a sizzling quartet, and lush strings, WONDER is a strong first showing of what is sure to
be compelling music career.
Increasingly in demand, Rochelle’s versatility and unique skills as a singer, composer, and
clinician have allowed her the opportunity to work with some of the industry’s most
acclaimed musicians, including touring with the internationally renowned a cappella
ensemble, Sweet Honey In The Rock®, and performing with Grammy-award winning
rock music icon, Melissa Etheridge. In 2017, Rochelle was invited by the US Embassy in
Nassau, Bahamas to present concerts for Jazz Appreciation Month, and to teach master
classes and workshops for elementary through high school students and students of the
University of The Bahamas. Also in 2017, Rochelle sang the part of “Ruby Bridges” in the
Washington, DC debut of internationally acclaimed award-winning composer, Darrell
Grant’s, Step by Step: The Ruby Bridges Suite.
Rochelle received her Bachelor of Music degree in classical voice from East Carolina
University, and her Master of Music degree, in jazz studies, from Howard University.
While at Howard University, Rochelle was a member of the multiple DownBeat Magazine
award winning premiere jazz vocal ensemble, Afro Blue, and was mentored by the award
winning and well noted arranger, clinician, and jazz vocalist, Connaitre Miller.
Dedicated to social justice and presenting music that transforms and heals, Rochelle has
performed at protests, social justice rallies, and recently sang in honor of the work of
Congressman John Lewis and for the Grand Opening of the National Museum of African
American History and Culture. Through her work as Education Coordinator for DC Jazz
Festival, she has written curriculum for DC Public Schools and helped to expand the scope
of the Festival’s year-round education programming. Rochelle has also developed the
interactive music history and early musicianship skills class, Da Capo!, which she has
presented regionally and internationally.