Chatham University

Music Faculty and Staff

Pauline Rovkah

Pauline Rovkah
Director of Piano Program/Artistic Director of Concert series/Assistant Professor of Music
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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An award winner of the Pittsburgh Concert Society, Pauline Rovkah is the Head of the Piano Program and Artistic Director of the Concert series at Chatham University. She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the Kharkiv Special Music School and from the Kharkiv National Kotlyarevsky University of Arts (Kharkiv Conservatory) , Ukraine. Ms. Rovkah participated in several well-know Music Festivals, such as at the Chautauqua Institution, New York, in Peacham, Vermont, the Rome Festival, Italy and at Cambridge University, UK. After winning a National Competition, she performed in solo and chamber music programs in Rome, Italy. Ms. Rovkah is very active in local music community and performed in various concert series in Pittsburgh, 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. Over the years Ms. Rovkah organized and performed in a series of Benefit concerts: among others, for the victims of the Hurricane “Katrina”, as well as Earthquake Relief Concerts for Haiti, Japan and Nepal, in collaboration with leading Pittsburgh and internationally acclaimed artists, including principal musicians from the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. She also conceived, organized and performed in a number of thematic concert events in honor of Chatham University's Global Focus program. Ms. Rovkah served as Adjudicator for the Chamber Music Competition and Concerto Competition at Carnegie Mellon University, for the Young Artists at West Liberty University, WV and for the Inaugural Pittsburgh International Piano Competition. Ms. Rovkah is a founder and Artistic Director of Chamber Music Concert series at Chatham University. Her 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 legendary Arthur Schnabel, (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • M.M. Piano Performance and Pedagogy, Kharkiv National Kotlyarevsky University of Arts, Ukraine
  • B.M. Piano Performance, Kharkiv National Kotlyarevsky University of Arts, 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; Concerto 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


  • All-Shostakovich Chamber Music program, featuring Piano Quintet, Op. 57 with Noah Bendix-Balgley, First Concertmaster of the Berliner Philharmoniker (former concertmaster of The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra), the PSO principal violinist Jennifer Ross, associate principal cellist David Premo and violist Erina Laraby-Goldwasser, Chatham University
  • Chamber Music concert: Music and Nature with guest artists from the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Works by Tchaikovsky, Saint-Saëns, Debussy, Fauré, Chopin, Rachmaninov, featuring Schubert’s Piano quintet “The Trout” Chatham University, Eden Hall amphitheater
  • Duo Piano and Cello-Piano recital with Steinway artist Yeeha Chiu and the PSO Assistant Principal cellist Adam Liu, Duquesne University
  • Solo Piano Recital: Bartok's Piano Masterpieces for the International Symposium and Festival at Cambridge University, UK
  • Solo recital “The world of Music Fantasies: Schumann and Chopin”, Chatham University
  • Soloist in Mozart’s D minor Piano concerto, K 466, with University of Pittsburgh Symphony orchestra
  • Chamber Music concert: From Bach to Mozart with guest artists from the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra: Richard Page, principal bass clarinet; Charles Lirette, co-principal trumpet; Erina Laraby-Goldwasser, viola, joined by soprano Lilly Abreu and contralto Daphne Alderson, Eden Hall amphitheater
  • Schumann Piano Quintet in E-flat Major, Op. 44 with members of The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra; Chamber Music Concert, Chatham University
  • Russian Piano Music: Works by Medtner, Shostakovich, Prokofiev and Mussorgsky, featuring “Pictures at an exhibition”
  • All-Mozart program, featuring the Piano Quartet in G minor with musicians from The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
  • “Piano Sonata: Journey through Centuries and Styles”, Scarlatti, Mozart, Schubert and Prokofiev - Lecture/Recital at the Music Institute for the Development of Personal Style,
  • Chamber Music concert: From Bach and Mozart to Bernstein and Gershwin - Quintet for Piano and Winds, K. 452 by Mozart, solo piano works and vocal music, featuring the Winner of Placido Domingo’s International Competition and winner of Metropolitan Opera National Council, countertenor Andrey Nemzer Chatham University
  • All-Chopin Recital for the Pittsburgh Polish Society, University of Pittsburgh
  • Chamber Music concert with members of The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra; works by Glinka, Arensky and Shostakovich, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
  • Alumni Concert for the Pittsburgh Concert Society; works by Schumann, Franck and Ginastera, Kresge Recital Hall, Carnegie Mellon University
  • “Afternoon in Vienna”: Piano Recital, works by Mozart, Schubert and Schumann (Faschingsschwank aus Wien, Op. 26), Chatham College
  • 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
  • Duo Recital with Randolph Kelly, principal violist form the Pittsburgh Symphony: works by Bach, Brahms, Schumann, Britten and Hindemith.
  • Solo recital “A Musical Journey: From Bach to Gershwin