Rodney Gehrke
  1. Faculty

Rodney Gehrke


  • Private Lessons
  • Organ for Pianists and Harpsichordists


  • MA, University of California, Berkeley
  • BA, University of California, Berkeley


  • San Francisco Symphony, Extra
  • Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
  • Conservatory Chamber Chorus

What is your hometown?

San Mateo, CA

What are you passionate about outside of music?


Who were your major teachers?

Hugo Gehrke, David Dahl, and Harald Vogel.

What was the defining moment when you decided to pursue music as a career?

Walking onstage at age 10 in the Junior Bach Festival.

What was a turning point in your career?

A year in Germany in high school.

If you weren't a musician or teacher, what do you think you would be doing now?

Hiking in a forest.

If you could play only three composers for the rest of your life, who would they be?

Bach, Buxtehude, and Brahms.

From a music history perspective, what year and city are most important to you?

1685 in Eisenach, Germany.

Who are three students you have had the privilege of teaching?

Christian Gehrke, Shine Kwon, and Sun Tak.

What is your unrealized project?

The complete Bach Art of Fugue.