Mr. Rorick is an award-winning portrait artist, emeritus assistant professor, and music librarian at the City University of New York. Before pursuing a career in the arts, Mr. Rorick earned a Bachelor of Arts in business administration and served in the United States Army. Upon discharge, he continued his education, earning a Bachelor of Music at the University of Utah, a Master of Music at Northwestern University, a Master of Library Science from the Pratt Institute, and a Master of Arts in musicology from New York University. In 1970, he became the curator of the Manhattan School of Music Orchestral-Choral Library, a position he held until 1974 when he joined the City University of New York. He rose from instructor to assistant professor and served as a music librarian until 1996. Since the early 1990s, Mr. Rorick has dedicated himself to painting portraits of significant composers and other historical figures. He is a certified leader-instructor for the Portrait Clubs of America and has run a weekly portrait painting session since 2005. Mr. Rorick’s work is held by numerous private collectors and corporate collections, and he is the recipient of awards from the Allied Artists of America, the Hudson Valley Art Association, and the Academic Art Association, among others.
A Marquis-produced video biography explores Mr. Rorick’s portraiture and other work in the arts.
Mr. Rorick sits down with Star Jones to discuss his professional and artistic journey and next steps.
Mr. Rorick’s career timeline and turning points are highlighted in a 2021 video biography.
Mr. Rorick appeared as one of a select few Who’s Who of Distinguished Leaders nominees in American Way Magazine.
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