is an alumnus of Indiana University, where he earned a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance. His performance experience spans Opera, Oratorio, Early Music (Antiquity - Renaissance), Musical Theater and Television.
Michael is a highly-respected voice teacher, vocal artistry coach, and vocal arts workshop presenter. He has an uncanny ability to listen to a singer empathetically. He ‘feels’ in his own voice exactly what they’re doing with their voice, then coaches them how to correct it.
Michael was co-founder, executive director, and singer for the professional Early Music ensemble, Pro-Arte Saint Louis. He spent over a decade as a soloist and choir section leader at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis.
"Michael is so much more than just a voice teacher – while he is outstanding at teaching correct technique and skills to develop the instrument, he also addresses all of the mental aspects of becoming a good singer. He teaches confidence, poise, and becomes a mentor. He works to figure out mental barriers and how to handle nerves. He goes way above and beyond to make sure that there are opportunities for growth and that he can support in any way possible. He is interested in developing the whole person – and from this, the performer blooms." ~ Cari M., voice student
Through these experiences, Michael honed his technique for a healthy choral blend with minimal vibrato, and the “una voce” (“one voice”) singing of Gregorian chant. His understanding of the vocal demands of both soloist and choir member make him a master teacher and mentor to cantors, choir members, singers of chant, and music directors.
Michael also has an extensive business background. Foremost are his 12-years as a Senior Organization Design Consultant & Project Manager specializing in Organization Culture Analysis, Redesign and Change, Communication Technologies, and Executive Development, working with leaders of Fortune 100 companies.
From "Opera, bravo! - A Program of Opera Arias and Excerpts
Zurga: Michael Rocchio, Baritone / Nadir: David Holwerda, Tenor / Piano: Natalie Limonick