Chatham University

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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, an award winner of the Pittsburgh Concert Society 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; 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


  • Soloist in Mozart’s D minor Piano concerto, K 466, with University of Pittsburgh Symphony orchestra
  • Solo recital “A Musical Journey
  • Russian Piano Music: Works by Medtner, Shostakovich, Prokofiev and Mussorgsky, featuring “Pictures at an exhibition”
  • Solo Piano Recital: Bartok's Piano Masterpieces for the Symposium and Festival at Cambridge University, UK
  • Solo recital “The world of Music Fantasies: Schumann and Chopin”, Chatham University
  • Schumann Piano Quintet in E-flat Major, Op. 44 with members of The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra; Chamber Music Concert, Chatham University
  • 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,
  • 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
  • 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 Chamber Music program with Noah Bendix-Balgley, concertmaster of The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra/ first concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic, the PSO principal violinist Jennifer Ross, associate principal cellist David Premo and violist Erina Laraby-Goldwasser Chatham University
  • 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 Chatham University
  • 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
  • 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
  • Duo Recital with Randolph Kelly, principal violist form the Pittsburgh Symphony: works by Bach, Brahms, Schumann, Britten and Hindemith.