Carnegie Mellon University

School of Music

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Jocelyn Dueck

Dr. Jocelyn Dueck

Assistant Professor of Collaborative Piano

5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Pianist Jocelyn Dueck is a new music interpreter who has premiered and commissioned works by composers Eve Beglarian, Lisa Bielawa, Tom Cipullo, Corey Dargel, Louis Durey, Matthew Schickele, Daniel Felsenfeld, Judd Greenstein, John Glover, Daron Hagen, Gabriel Kahane and Gilda Lyons, to name a few. Dr. Dueck was a collaborator on the Billboard Chart-topper Five Borough Songbook, a seminal collection of songs by New York City’s most innovative composers. She was a pianist for the premieres of the second volume of the songbook in January of 2017, for songs by Lembit Beecher, Conrad Cummings, Marie Incontrera, Libby Larsen, Hannah Lash, Robert Paterson, Kevin Puts and Gregory Spears.

Dr. Dueck is an Assistant Professor of Collaborative Piano at Carnegie Mellon, and has served on the faculties of the Manhattan School of Music, Juilliard, NYU and Mannes, doing language preparation for their opera departments as well as teaching diction.  Specific contributions include English Diction for the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist program, Italian and German Diction at MSM, French and English language preparation at Juilliard and Wolf Trap Opera, Italian Diction at Bard Conservatory, and German Lieder and American Art Song at Mannes. As a coach, Dr. Dueck has served on the music staffs at Glimmerglass Opera and Seattle Opera. She has returned to Wolf Trap this summer to prepare French and English Diction for their groundbreaking post-COVID season and to coach the Filene and Studio artists.

Honors and awards include grants from the Classical Recording Foundation, Brooklyn Arts Council, Meet the Composer MetLife Creative Connections, American Composers Forum Encore, a Tanglewood Music Center Fellowship, and a Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade grant with her pianist sibling trio, Dueck Three for their concert tour of China.

Dr. Dueck holds a doctorate in Collaborative Piano from the University of Minnesota. Margo Garrett and Karl Paulnack were her professors and continue their mentorship. Her dissertation focused on the unpublished song cycles of Les Six composer Louis Durey. She is the leading expert on Durey’s songs in North America, having premiered the greater part of these cycles over the past decade. Jocelyn recently released an album (New Focus Recordings) with Grammy award-winning producer Adams Abeshouse of the unpublished Durey songs, together with Jesse Blumberg, Bill Burden, Sidney Outlaw, and Adriana Zabala. A devotee of language study through music, Jocelyn is the founder of The Center for Language in Song, an institute dedicated to the art of song performance.