2020 Van der Stucken Festival

Who: Fredericksburg Community Orchestras directed by Theresa Britt and Angelo State Symphony directed by Dr. Fagner Rocha.

What: Van der Stucken Festival 2020 (30th Annual Event)

When & Where: Saturday April 4, 2020 4:30 p.m. at Fredericksburg United Methodist. 1800 N. Llano Fredericksburg, TX 78624.

The combined FCO and ASU orchestras will perform at the Van der Stucken Festival.

Repertoire: This year’s theme will be “Music for All Ages.”

Ancient Airs and Dances by Otorino Respighi

  1. Balletto Detto’ll Conte Orlando: Allegretto moderato
  2. Villanella: Andante Cantabile
  • Gagliarda: Allegro Marcato

Symphony No. 8 “Unfinished” by Franz Schubert

  1. Allegro moderato
  2. Andante con moto

Intermezzo from the “Cavalleria Rusticana” by Pietro Mascagni

On Top of the World by Brian Balmages

Mozart Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor performed by ASU Concerto Competition Winner

This event is sponsored with the support of Pedernales Creative Arts Alliance (PCAA) and outreach from the Angelo State University Orchestra.

Refreshments will be served after the performance. Seating is on a first come first served basis. There is no charge for this event. Donations will be accepted at the door.

About the Festival: The Van der Stucken Music Festival was founded in 1991 to honor this Fredericks­burg native, born October 15, 1858, to a Flemish father and German mother. He be­ came the founder and first director of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and what is now the University of Cincinnati Music School. After retirement he and his wife, Maria (Schoenewolf) moved to Hamburg, Germany, to be near his parents in Antwerp, Bel­gium where they moved in 1865 to escape the Civil War; and her relatives in Hildes­ heim, Germany. He died August 16, 1929, and is buried in the Ohlsdorfer Friedhof of Hamburg alongside most other members of his immediate family.


Theresa Britt is a professional musician living in Fredericksburg, Texas. She performs as a violinist, fiddler, guitarist and vocalist. She is the director of the Fredericksburg Community Orchestras, a teacher for the Hill Country Youth Orchestras, and maintains a large private studio of violin, viola and cello students in Fredericksburg and Kerrville. She performs in Symphony of the Hills in Kerrville, Mid Texas Symphony in Seguin, and in string quartets for weddings and events. Creatively, she arranges music for multiple ensembles and performs as a fiddler and violinists.


In 2012, Theresa completed a Master’s degree in Music at Texas Tech University. She received her Bachelor of Music from Texas Tech University in 2007.


Dr. Fagner Magrinelli Rocha is Assistant Professor of Music at Angelo State University where he teaches violin and viola and directs the ASU Symphony and Concho Valley Youth Orchestras. Before his appointment at ASU, Dr. Rocha served as Assistant Professor of Violin at the Federal University of Alagoas in Maceió, Brazil. He is currently concertmaster for the Big Spring Symphony Orchestra and also performs with the San Angelo Symphony.

Dr. Rocha has appeared as a chamber musician, soloist and pedagogue in South and North America, as well as in Europe. He has been featured at the Lake City Arts Festival (CO), UNESCO (Paris, France), Fredericksburg Community Orchestras (TX), Chamber Music Amarillo (TX), Nathan Schwartzman String Festival (Uberlândia, Brazil), Orquestra Sinfônica da UFAL (Maceió, Brazil), among others. Additionally, he has been a member of several orchestras in the United States and Brazil.

Dr. Rocha holds a Bachelor of Music in Violin performance from the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (Porto Alegre, Brazil) and a Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in Violin Performance from the Texas Tech University. His doctoral research, entitled “An Analysis of Violin Sound Spectra with Different Shoulder Rests” was awarded 1st Prize at the 6th Annual Arts and Humanities Research Conference hosted by Texas Tech University in the in 2016. His major teachers include, Dr. Fredi Gierling, Prof. Hella Frank, Dr. Eliane Tokeshi, Dr. Kirsten Yon and Prof. Annie Chalex-Boyle.

In 2018, Dr. Rocha received the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Excellence Award for his Original Music Composition and Recording for the play “Wit”. Currently, Dr. Rocha is working on the publication of the musical The Lady in Blue, in partnership with composer Cynthia Jordan, which was premiered in San Angelo in May 2018.

Last Summer, Dr. Rocha presented recitals in the Italy and Spain and taught at the Opera Maya Festival in Mexico. Dr. Fagner Rocha performs on a modern 2011 Luiz Amorim violin.