Rocco Dapice

category: Jazz, Music,

Contact & Info


Phone: 914.580.2070


Artist Statement

Rocco Dapice is a pianist, teacher, writer, and graduate student at the Manhattan School of Music.

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 music and theology on the college level. During that time he also traveled to over 300 cities across the country communicating in word and song in 47 of the 50 states, including Canada and the Caribbean.

While a student at the Crane School of Music (at SUNY Potsdam), Disney Entertainment selected Rocco to spend the summer performing daily in front of the iconic castle with the All-American College Show Band. The eight-piece ensemble also worked weekly with guest musicians Bob Mintzer, Jim Snidero, Matt Harris, Jiggs Whigham, and Allen Vizzutti, among others; and attended exclusive Epcot master classes led by Billy Taylor, Diane Schuur, Mercer Ellington, Maynard Ferguson, Rosemary Clooney, and others.

In 2006 he moved back to his home state of New York to launch People's Church, a new musical, nondenominational church in Westchester County. The church began in Tarrytown, and in 2012 moved to Elmsford.

In the last several years, Rocco has served as teacher and band leader at People’s Church; performed “Peanuts Christmas” shows at Westchester County libraries; taught multiple times on the topic of jazz history at the Greenburgh Library; and played background roles in a few blockbuster movies.

Rocco is a member of the American Family Therapy Academy, the American Association of Christian Counselors, ASCAP, and the National Assn. of Record Industry Professionals. In the past several 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, Christianity Today's Leadership Journal, Outreach Magazine, and other periodicals.

For three years, Rocco commuted to Juilliard one day per week to study jazz piano. He is currently a Jazz Arts grad student at the Manhattan School of Music.

Educational Background

  • Manhattan School of Music: M.M., jazz arts graduate program, piano; currently enrolled
  • The Juilliard School: jazz piano with Dave Meder (1 yr); Reuben Allen (2 yrs)
  • Crane School of Music: B.M., classical piano performance (at SUNY Potsdam)
  • Disney University: Cast Member and jazz pianist (grad '94; Disney World)
  • Hyles-Anderson College, Master of Theology (grad '99; Crown Point, IN)