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Roger Rocco

College of Arts and Sciences


M.M., Northwestern University
B.M., Roosevelt University

Roger Rocco has been adjunct professor of low brass at Olivet since 2011. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Roosevelt University in Chicago, Ill., and a Master of Music in Performance from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.

Professor Rocco has held performance positions as Assistant Tuba with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (1967-1973), Member CSO Alumni Association, Principal Tubist with the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra (1973-1975), Principal Tubist with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra (1975-1976), and is a member of the Chicago Federation of Musicians (1967-present).

His fulltime college teaching experience includes many years of teaching music at both Chicago State University and Vandercook College of Music. 

In addition, Professor Rocco has served as adjunct music faculty at Northwestern, Roosevelt University, Wheaton College, North Park University, Northeastern Illinois University, Saint Xavier University, American Conservatory of Music, Western Michigan University, Vandercook College of Music, and Olivet Nazarene University.

Mr. Rocco has had articles published in The Instrumentalist Magazine, Brass Pedagogy and Performance Practices, and was a contributing author to Song and Wind by Arnold Jacobs.

In 2007, Quinlin and Fabish presented Roger Rocco with the Outstanding Music Educator of the year award.



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