Carnegie Mellon University

School of Music

Where artistry and innovation share center stage

Jocelyn Dueck

Dr. Jocelyn Dueck

Assistant Professor of Collaborative Piano

5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Pianist Jocelyn Dueck is widely known for her interpretations of new music, premiering and commissioning works by composers Lembit Beecher, Lisa Bielawa, Tom Cipullo, Conrad Cummings, Daniel Felsenfeld, Libby Larsen, Judd Greenstein, John Glover, Daron Hagen, Gabriel Kahane, Gilda Lyons, Robert Paterson, Kevin Puts, Matthew Schickele and Gregory Spears, to name a few. Jocelyn was a collaborator on the Billboard Chart-topper Five Borough Songbook, a seminal collection of songs by New York City’s most innovative composers as well as the second volume of the songbook in January of 2017.

Jocelyn’s recording of Matthew Schickele’s solo and four-hands piano music marked four decades of duet playing with her brother, Byron Dueck. Her joint album Love. Sex. Death explores cabaret music by “serious” composers,” including Poulenc, Bolcom and Schoenberg, and features chanteuse/raconteuse Sarah Chalfy. Durey Rediscovered highlights forty-one previously unrecorded songs by Louis Durey, collected in manuscript form from the Durey family by Jocelyn over a fourteen year period.

Jocelyn is an Assistant Professor of Collaborative Arts at Carnegie Mellon University, and a subject matter expert in prosody and related auditory coding and data structure. She has a distinguished record of achievement as a practitioner in linguistics, music and language translation. Jocelyn has over thirty years’ experience coaching and training others to reproduce and codify sound units, with experience in at least four different languages and multiple English language accents and dialects. She is honored to be a part of the Adobe’s Readability Matters consortium, founded by the University of Central Florida and Readability Matters, with a goal of improving reading for all.

Dr. Dueck recently founded Courante LLC, a company dedicated to reproducing flow states. Courante analyzes prosody and phrasing, enabling humans and machines to read language and music more fluently.

Jocelyn holds a doctorate in Collaborative Piano, achieved under the expert guidance of Margo Garrett and Karl Paulnack. Her studies with Phillip Moll in Berlin were central to her understanding of score study, pianism and artistry. Recital tours have taken her across the United States, Europe and China. 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.

Capable of breadth and depth in characterizing the sound units across languages, Jocelyn has served on the faculties of Juilliard, Bard, MSM, Mannes and NYU.  Opera credits include the Lindemann Young Artist Program at the Metropolitan Opera, Glimmerglass Opera and Seattle Opera. Since 2019, she has been on the music staff at Wolf Trap Opera where she prepares language and coaches Filene and Studio artists in general operatic repertoire. Having experienced a watershed moment as a fellow at Tanglewood in 2004, Jocelyn is delighted to return there in the summer of 2023 as faculty. Jocelyn thinks of herself as a professional listener, and is in relentless pursuit of new ways to analyze and describe the things she hears.