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Angela Marie Rocchio, Educator

Dr. Horst Buchholz ~ Church Music Association of America, Vice President

"[Angela] has done outstanding work preparing and leading the Gregorian chant at the Cathedral Basilica [of Saint Louis] when I was away."

James Marck ~ director of music for Traditional Latin Mass, Missouri

"I have used what I have learned from Angela with children, youth, and both amateur and professional adult choral ensembles for more than 10 years, and the difference made by her pedagogy has been monumental."

Dr. Maureen C. ~ college music professor & private voice teacher, Missouri

"Her teaching method is honest, caring, gentle, and non judgmental. She takes you from where you are and teaches you that chant doesn't have to be scary, it can be simple and beautiful after ironing out the complexities."

William Reeder ~ George Mason College of Visual and Performing Arts, Founding Dean

"Her professionalism and inherent talent are communicated well by her warm and engaging style.  Her abilities as an educator are of the highest quality.  Being with her is a joy!"

Dawn Riske ~ Coordinator for Planning, NPM St. Louis, Missouri

"Her professionalism and inherent talent are communicated well by her warm and engaging style.  Her abilities as an educator are of the highest quality."

Rachel A. ~ professional singer, Alaska

"I am a classically trained singer and have taken over 20 years of private voice lessons. The Chant Academy provided clear and organized instruction on the art of singing chant. Along with Angela’s intimate knowledge on the subject chant singing has been brought to life for me."

Cheryl V. ~ organist, Malta

"I did not expect this type of chant lessons. It was much BETTER than I thought!!!"

Katya S. ~ MM organ performance

[S]he brings out the musicality in chant that most don't realize is there. So if you think you know everything because you have perfect pitch and sightsing Schoenberg while playing Shostakovich, you DON'T. Take lessons--with Angela."

Heather E. ~ choir member, Illinois

"As someone that previously suffered from CAS (Chant Avoidance Syndrome – something I have made up to explain my feelings toward chant), I need to give my highest praise to Angela for opening my ears and mind to the beauty of chant."

Karen G. ~ professional singer, Missouri

"This was a Zoom course, but Angela made me feel very connected to the rest of the class, and used multiple media to extend the bounds of her instruction. The content of the course exceeded my expectations..."

Luke M. ~ director of music and composer, Ohio

"[S]he was able to make the course equally engaging for the beginners and life-long choristers at the same time. She has a knack for teaching complex concepts in an understandable, step-by-step way. "

Elias E. ~ schola director, Australia

"The Lenten Online Chant Course facilitated by Angela surpassed my expectations. It helped me to understand the foundation of singing chant and filled in the 'gaps' that I had of my experience with singing chant."

Brian L. ~ professional tenor, Massachusetts

"Whenever I had a question (“Where can I find this type of chant?”; “What about the same tunes, but with English words?”), Angela supplied the answer! This would all be enough, but there is a “full package” vibe happening: not only will you learn tremendous skills and techniques to learn chant, Angela will begin your lifelong journey of interpreting chant..."

Scott Pluff ~ director of music and liturgy, Missouri

"No matter the background or musical style of your choir, I highly recommend Angela to lead a Musical Lectio Divina for your musicians. This experience was a highlight of our choir season!"

Janis J. ~ professional cellist & performing arts director, Illinois

"Ensuring that we understood basic information in order to study and learn to prepare Chant on our own, Angela created a course that combines her wonderful patience and excellent rapport with students with all aspects of imparting knowledge of Chant."

Carolyn H. ~ choir member, Illinois

"Angela’s love of chant is infectious, and her step-by-step teaching method makes it accessible to all, whether you’ve studied music or are “just” in a local choir."

Kate P. ~ music minister in the Episcopal Church, Florida

"I was at first concerned for my lack of working knowledge of early sacred music, but Angela quickly assured me that 1) no question would seem silly or go unexplored 2) that my needs would be met unequivocally in the classroom. I can say with great confidence that Angela was the most hospitable and patient instructor!"

Sarah L. ~ director of music, North Carolina

"The Lenten Online Chant Course facilitated by Angela surpassed my expectations. It helped me to understand the foundation of singing chant and filled in the 'gaps' that I had of my experience with singing chant."

Bruce Ludwick ~ cathedral director of music

"Angela was able to get the best out of this group of women of varying ability...It is certainly a special occasion to have a chant conductor who knows vocal pedagogy and technique..."

Jesse M. ~ organ performance major & music director, Illinois

"Angela's unique, friendly, and supportive teaching style resulted in me singing my first chant two weeks from our first lesson!"

Stephen Eros ~ choir director, Illinois

"Her warm, gentle presence kept the singers at ease about learning the new material. She has a wonderful, systematic approach to learning chant that is very accessible. Her love of this music is evident and infectious and is passed on through her teaching."

Ada P. ~ schola director,

Hong Kong

"Although it was supposed to be a basic module, what I learnt actually exceed my expectation. Other than the useful chant basics, I also learnt from Angela singing techniques that I can pass on to my own group and I learned the basics on directing as well."

Shelly C. ~ cantor and choir member, California

"Chant has a fascinating history and Angela’s depth of knowledge, passion, and honed ability are unparalleled. She could turn anyone into a chant enthusiast! She also refined the technical and prayerful parts of my singing technique."