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ROBERT ROCCO, Accompanying Staff

Robert Rocco is a native of western Pennsylvania, where he began piano studies with his mother at age five. He holds degrees in music performance from Carnegie Mellon and Yale University and was cited for achievement in solfege and music theory. His teachers include Donald Currier, Daniel Pollack, Claude Frank, Jeaneane Dowis, and the late Eugene List.

Mr. Rocco served as accompanist and vocal coach for nine years at Carnegie Mellon and Chatham College in Pittsburgh. At the North Carolina School of the Arts he appears in instrumental and vocal performances with both faculty and students. He has been featured on WQED-FM radio broadcasts with the Pittsburgh-based ensemble Dear Friends as well as with the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh. As a choral accompanist he toured with the Robert Page Singers in St. Petersburg (Russia) and Helsinki, Finland. He served as guest artist at the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria and is well-known to audiences in Normandy and Provence (France), where he has given numerous solo and chamber music recitals.

In Winston-Salem he holds a permanent position as pianist and assistant choral director at Beck's Baptist Church. In addition, he is a member of the faculty at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in western Michigan