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Rocco Dapice is a pianist, songwriter (ASCAP), singer, former college professor, writer, public speaker, and founder of People's Church, a new musical church in Westchester County, NY. With a classical piano performance degree from the Crane School of Music, Rocco was accepted to the Eastman School graduate program for jazz studies; instead, he earned a master’s degree in theology from a Midwestern seminary. Then for a decade, Rocco taught on the college level and, during that time, travelled to over 300 cities across the country communicating in word and song throughout 47 of the 50 states, including Canada and the Caribbean. During a brief stint as a Disney World jazz pianist, Rocco performed with jazz musicians: Bob Mintzer, Allen Vizzutti, Jiggs Whigham, and Jim Snidero, among others. Rocco’s original music is the revelation of a musically eclectic life—a juncture of a diversity of styles—from classical to jazz, pop to country. In 2007 Rocco was voted into the Who's Who Registry of Executives and Professionals. In the past few years, Rocco has been interviewed for The New York Times, US News & World Report, WPIX-TV, The Journal News (Gannett), The Daily Greenburgh, and The Greenburgh Report (WVOX). His writing has been published by Westchester Magazine, Leadership Journal, Outreach Magazine, Samaritan Ministries International, and other periodicals.
- Crane School of Music, Bachelor of Music—piano performance (grad '95; Potsdam, NY)
- Disney University, Cast Member and jazz pianist (grad ’94; Lake Buena Vista, FL) (seriously)
- Hyles-Anderson College, Master of Theology (grad '99; Crown Point, IN)