Beth Rohde has had a wide-ranging career in music as a performer, educator and music director. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Performance and Music Production and Engineering from Berklee College of Music and a Master’s Degree in Jazz Studies from University of Southern California. She worked as an in-house jingle singer for Radio Concepts, and she has also recorded jingles in Portuguese for Cartoon Network. She has performed on 5 continents as a solo artist and with Les Brown’s Band of Renown.
Beth has taught at some of the Nation’s most sought after institutions. In the early 1990s, she headed up the vocal department at McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul, MN. Beth moved to LA in 1997 and was awarded a full tuition scholarship to USC where she was later hired to teach private lessons to jazz studies majors. Additionally, Beth directed USC’s Concert Vocal Jazz Ensemble from 1998-2000. She left USC in 2000 to focus on family.
Beth returned to academia in 2004 when she and her husband founded Coast Music in Hermosa Beach. The school is well known for its incredible ensemble programs and student successes. In 2017 alone, Beth had 4 National Young Arts winners come from her studio and has had multiple student winners in the Grammy and Spotlight competitions. Beth’s students have been accepted into many esteemed music colleges including Berklee College of Music, University of North Texas, UCLA, Manhattan School of Music, Frost (U of Miami), Thornton School of Music (USC) and Yale. Additionally, many of Beth’s students have received generous scholarship awards.
In addition to running Coast Music, Beth has coached vocalists in the studio and for reality TV shows such as American Idol (Fox) and Fix My Choir (Oxygen Network), Beth has a gift and passion for developing talent, and looks forward to helping CALA clients get accepted in to their favorite college music programs.
Her students have been accepted to elite music programs such as Yale, USC, UCLA, UNT, Indiana, Berklee, Manhattan School of Music, and New England Conservatory.