Rebecca Rollett

Biography

A native of New Mexico , Rebecca Rollett, studied organ and composition with David N. Johnson, accompanying with Jean Barr, and choral conducting with Douglas McEwen at Arizona State University . She completed her degree in Organ Performance at Oral Roberts University , where she studied organ and voice. She holds an Associate Certificate with the American Guild of Organists.

While resident in New Mexico , Mrs. Rollett performed with the Orchestra of Santa Fe, the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, and the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, directed the Chamber Singers of the Chorus of Santa Fe, and was Principal Keyboard of the Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra. She was also Chorus Director for the Santa Fe Symphony for three seasons. As part of Serenata of Santa Fe, a chamber music group, she was selected for both the Artists-in-Residence and the New Mexico Touring artists programs. For seven seasons, she was Artistic Director of Coro de Cámara, a chamber vocal ensemble. During her tenure, the ensemble earned a reputation for unusual programming (even Tom Lehrer said that his music had never before shared a program with Henry Purcell) as well as fine singing. In the spring of 1994, the ensemble toured Great Britain with performances at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, London , Merton College Chapel, Oxford , St. Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh , and culminating in a performance as a featured group at the Newberry Spring Festival.

In 1995 Mrs. Rollett moved with her husband and four children to Pittsburgh. In 1998 she earned a Masters degree in Choral Conducting under Robert Page at Carnegie Mellon University . That same year she was chosen as the new Artistic Director of the Pittsburgh Camerata. Under her baton the Pittsburgh Camerata has developed a reputation for unusual collaborations and creative programming. The Pittsburgh Camerata’s collaboration with Chatham Baroque and The Renaissance & Baroque Society of Pittsburgh was declared "an overwhelmingly gratifying evening" by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s David DeAngelo, and earned a place in the ‘10 Best Classical Concerts of 2000.’ The Christmas CD, "A Pittsburgh Wassail," was dubbed "one of the richest and loveliest albums of the year by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The Pittsburgh Camerata was an invited performer at the Chorus America National Conference in Pittsburgh during June of 2004.

Mrs. Rollett resides in Squirrel Hill with her husband Anthony, who is a faculty member at Carnegie Mellon University ’s renowned College of Engineering —he is also a popular organ substitute-about-town. She is currently adjunct faculty at Duquesne University. In 2005 Mrs. Rollett decided to resume playing the organ, after a hiatus of almost 10 years. Besides numerous performances in Pittsburgh, she has performed at the National Cathedral in Washington , D.C. and St. Thomas Church, New York. She also concertizes in Europe, including performances at The Queen’s College, Oxford, Clare College, Cambridge, and the Cathedral de Saint Etienne, Metz.

Mrs. Rollett is also a keen Steelers fan, and is a staff writer for Behind the Steel Curtain, one of Steeler Nation's largest fansites.