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Rochelle Z. Klein

Associate Professor

Rochelle Klein

Contact Information


  • B.Mus., University of Michigan
  • M.M., Duquesne University
  • University of Pittsburgh, Southern Methodist University and Carnegie Mellon University, nearly 30 post-graduate credits, including humanities, piano pedagogy and eurhythmics 

Courses Taught

  • Piano-Theory Fundamentals I, II
  • Sight Singing Fundamentals I, II
  • Private Piano I-IV
  • Piano Class
  • Musicianship
  • Music Theory
  • Foundations of Musical Theatre Techniques I, II
  • Music Reading for Stage Managers
  • Rehearsal and Performance
  • Music Appreciation
  • Arts and the Human Experience I, II
  • Methods of Music and Art
  • Music Education


Praised for her convincing and passionate interpretation, Rochelle Klein is a pianist, a singer, a certified music educator and an arts administrator. She has garnered rich experience in performance, higher education, nonprofit arts and public education.

Klein's performances and programs have been reviewed in The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Detroit Free Press and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, among others. Her program development and implementation have won grant support from national and state agencies, corporations and foundations. 

At Point Park University, Klein is an associate professor in the musical theatre program. Since 1996, she remains head of music education and core arts. She teaches private piano and creates, teaches and administers music techniques and arts courses. Funded projects she has secured or facilitated for Point Park include master classes by composers Marvin Hamlisch, Ricky Ian Gordon, Adam Gwon, and lecture-demo performances by artists from the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Cello Fury and Umoja Dance Company, among many. Previous posts include full-time Conservatory teaching artist and adjunct Education faculty.

Professional Certifications

  • Technology Institute for Music Educators, Level 1
  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Instructional II Music
  • University of Michigan, Teacher Certification, Music

Professional Memberships

  • Pittsburgh Concert Society, board of directors
  • Zohar Chamber Singers, founding soprano
  • National Association for Music Education
  • College Music Society/Northeast District
  • Pittsburgh Piano Teachers Association

Selected Artistic Works

  • All-Star College Chorus, contributing site director, Pittsburgh Symphony Pops
  • The Time of Your Life, music director/pianist, Pittsburgh Playhouse
  • There's a Place for Us: Musical Theatre Resources in the Pittsburgh Area, DVD author/pianist
  • Fiddler on the Roof, music director/pianist, Jr. Open Stage Players
  • Once Upon a Mattress, music director/pianist, Jr. Open Stage Players

Selected Performances

  • Singing City, Music of the Spirit Festival, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
  • Carmina Burana, University of Michigan Choir/Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Carnegie Hall, New York
  • Legendary Steinways, piano soloist and clinician, University Club, Pittsburgh
  • Zohar Chamber Singers, Pittsburgh Jewish Music Festival/broadcasts, WQED-FM and Comcast Live On Demand
  • The Unicorn, Gorgon and Manticore, actress, Ann Arbor Civic Theatre and Cantata Singers
  • Carousel scene, music director/pianist and presenter, Pennsylvania Music Educators Association
  • Intelligent Tutoring Systems Conference, pianist, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Pages from a Diary, collaborative pianist with Karen Dryer, CD/performance, Tuesday Musical, Pittsburgh
  • Illinois Music Teachers National Association, piano soloist, Don Isaaks master class, Music Institute of Chicago

Selected Publications

  • Author, "Louis Nagel, The People's Pianist," Clavier Companion.
  • Author, "Growing Up with the Symphony: Reflections of a Pittsburgher," Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
  • Author, "Musica Instrumentalis (poem)," Teaching Artist Journal.
  • Author, "The Value of Analysis," Music Theory: Explorations and Applications.
  • "The Value of Analysis," thesis annotated by David Carson Berry in A Topical Guide to Schenkerian Literature: An Annotated Bibliography.

Research Interests

  • Piano performance and pedagogy
  • Music theory rudiments; score analysis
  • Musical theatre song literature; Sondheim
  • Music and arts education; higher education
  • Mindfulness and movement

Selected Awards

  • National Endowment for the Arts, chamber music panel grant, Young Audiences of Chicago
  • Illinois Arts Council grants, Young Audiences of Chicago
  • Stellar Music Teacher, Online Course Evaluations
  • Edwina Uhl Babst award, University of Michigan