Rocco is a Professor at the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music, a faculty member of Xavier University’s Leadership Center and consultant to Proctor and Gamble’s clay street project. There is a chapter discussing his work in Voice and Speech Training for the New Millennium, and he has been accorded the title Member of Distinction, the highest honor given by the Voice and Speech Trainers Association. His book Voice: Onstage and Off, co-authored with Robert Barton, has been nominated as the Best New Theatre Publication by the Association for Theatre in Higher Education and is in use by over 600 College and University theatre programs. His latest book (co-authored with Joe Deer) is Acting in Musical Theatre: a comprehensive course. Together they write a monthly article series on acting in Musical Theatre for Dramatics Magazine.
He is one of a handful of certified master trainers in the Alba Method for Emotions and his research interest is in the voice and emotional extremes. Rocco is also the founding editor of the journal Voice and Speech Review for the Voice and Speech Trainers Association, and has edited the first three books in that series: Standard Speech and other contemporary issues in professional voice and speech training, The Voice in Violence…, and Film, Broadcast and e-Media Coaching….