(B.A. Theater, ’09)

I am a local singer-songwriter known as ROCKET PALOMA. I wandered into the world of music by way of my theater studies. I have been acting since I was a child, so naturally I majored in theater in college and also was very involved in the music department while at Cardinal Stritch University. My last semester of college, I took a composition course for fun, and I realized I had a natural gift for songwriting. Two years after graduation I bought a guitar and have been writing songs ever since. I have written and performed music for a variety of local theater productions, and I was a commissioned composer for Milwaukee Opera Theatre's Eurydice Festival. I also perform frequently in the MKE folk scene!







“Can’t Wait to Get You Alone” video

“Jennifer” video


I am currently in the process of finishing ROCKET PALOMA's debut EP entitled "Great." It is a four-song, multi-instrument acoustic record.

Self-described style:

I would classify my music as folk, but there are definitely elements of punk, jazz and rock 'n' roll.

Favorite song/band/composer:

The 3 R's: “Roxanne” by The Police, Radiohead, and Rachmaninoff

Piece with a special backstory:

Listen to "The Spanish Dream." It is the epic poem about how I came to be a songwriter. Any other questions one may have about ROCKET PALOMA can be answered in that song.

Biggest musical feat:

Composing for the Milwaukee Opera Theatre was a very rewarding challenge. I composed a folk-opera duet called "Crumbling Love," based on the story of Orpheus and Eurydice. For the performance, my friend and colleague Danny Brylow and I co-directed a movement piece for the song with students from Carroll University. The song itself takes place in the Underworld, and we were given the task of recreating the Underworld and telling the story through movement. The students did a great job. Adding visual representations to enhance a musical piece only makes the music more powerful and interesting. By far, it is my favorite project.

Future goals:

I plan to produce all of the music I have written and make it accessible to people who want to hear it! I would love to take on more song-writing and composing commissions. I would love to add band members to ROCKET PALOMA and play Turner Hall!

Stritch influences:

I owe a great deal of thanks to the faculty and staff of the Cardinal Stritch University theater and music departments. As a theater major, I sharpened my skills as a performer and a storyteller. I had very supportive voice teachers (Amelia Spierer and Kaye Bellich). My composition class with Dr. Dan Maske really helped me connect the dots as a composer and ultimately catapulted me into the art of songwriting. Cardinal Stritch University has certainly provided a solid foundation for all of my achievements thus far!

Upcoming gigs:

Aug. 30 at Circle A at 9 p.m.

Sept. 21 at Riverwest Farmers’ Market from 12-3 p.m.