Chatham University

Media Arts Faculty and Staff

Pauline Rovkah

Pauline Rovkah
Assistant Professor of Music/ Director of Piano Program
Hometown : Pittsburgh, PA
Joined Chatham : 1998

Academic Areas of Interest

Music Education; Piano Performance; Chamber Music

Personal Areas of Interest

Reading; museums; theater; traveling

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Pauline Rovkah is a concert pianist and the Head of Piano Program at Chatham University who holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the Kharkov Special Music School and from the Kharkov Conservatory (Kotlyarevsky State University of Arts), Ukraine. Ms. Rovkah performed in various concert series, including Steinway Society of Western Pennsylvania, Duquesne University, Frick Art Museum, University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, West Liberty University, WV and Chatham University. Ms. Rovkah participated in several well-know Music Festivals, such as at the Chautauqua Institution, New York, in Peacham, Vermont and at Cambridge University, UK. After winning a National Competition, she gave solo and chamber music performances in Rome, Italy, for the Rome Festival. She conceived, organized and performed in a number of thematic concert events in honor of Chatham’s Global Focus program. She is a founder and Artistic Director of Chamber Music series at Chatham. Rovkah’s solo recitals and chamber music performances have been recorded and broadcast by the Pittsburgh Classical Radio WQED. She has been featured in numerous WQED programs, including “Performance in Pittsburgh”.


  • Private studies with Eunice Norton, student of Arthur Schnabel, (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • M.M. Piano Performance and Pedagogy, Kotlyarevsky State University of Arts (Kharkov, Ukraine)
  • B.M. Piano Performance , Kotlyarevsky State University of Arts (Kharkov, Ukraine)


  • Winner of the Pittsburgh Concert Society
  • Winner of National Audition for the Rome Festival


  • The College Music Society; Pittsburgh Concert Society; Steinway Society of Western Pennsylvania


  • Recorded and broadcast by WQED Classical Radio: 1993 - present
  • Featured in WQED “Performance in Pittsburgh”
  • Adjudicator at Chamber Music Competition at Carnegie Mellon University
  • Board Member of the Three Rivers Young Peoples Orchestra: 2000-2004
  • Founder and Artistic Director of the Concert Series at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary: 1998-2006


  • Soloist in Mozart’s D minor Piano concerto, K 466, with University of Pittsburgh Symphony orchestra, March 2013
  • Solo recital “A Musical Journey: from Bach to Gershwin", Chatham University, October 2012
  • All-Mozart program in honor of composer’s 255th birthday, January 2011
  • Selected performances: Bartok's Piano Masterpieces for the Symposium and Festival at Cambridge University, UK, 8/12/2010
  • Works by Akin Euba in the "Sounds of Africa" Music Festival; Chatham University, 10/3/2009
  • Schumann Piano Quintet in E-flat Major, Op. 44 with members of The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra; Chamber Music Concert, Chatham University, 10/19/2008
  • All-Mozart program, featuring the Piano Quartet in G minor with musicians from The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, 1/27/2007
  • “Piano Sonata: Journey through Centuries and Styles”, Scarlatti, Mozart, Schubert and Prokofiev - Lecture/Recital at the Music Institute for the Development of Personal Style, June 2006
  • All-Shostakovich program in honor of composer’s Centennial, featuring selected Piano Preludes, Concertino for two pianos and the Piano Quintet in G Minor, opus 57 - with members of The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Chatham University, 9/24/2006
  • All-Chopin Recital for the Pittsburgh Polish Society, University of Pittsburgh, May 2005
  • Chamber Music concert with members of The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra; works by Glinka, Arensky and Shostakovich, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, April 2005
  • Alumni Concert for the Pittsburgh Concert Society; works by Schumann, Franck and Ginastera, Kresge Recital Hall, Carnegie Mellon University, 6/13/2004
  • “Afternoon in Vienna”: Piano Recital, works by Mozart, Schubert and Schumann (Faschingsschwank aus Wien, Op. 26), Chatham College, January 2004