November 7, 2015

Our Accompanist

The Community Gospel Choir is accompanied by Jocelyn Rugaber, a versatile and talented pianist.

Jocelyn has been playing piano professionally, throughout the St. Louis area for over thirty years. She is classically trained, and is prolific at playing by ear. Her repertoire includes contemporary, jazz, and classical. She can accommodate all requests, through her improvisational skills.

Jocelyn also received her Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance from DePauw University, studying under Claude Cymerman & Lorna Griffith.

She earned her Master’s degree in Piano Performance & Pedagogy from Webster University, studying with Professor Daniel Schene. She accompanied voice majors for two years during her graduate studies, and performed solo piano recitals as part of her degree.

Jocelyn has been involved in a wide spectrum of piano and keyboard performances at venues throughout St. Louis. Some of these venues include the Sheldon Concert Hall, Gaslight Theatre, City Museum, Missouri Botanical Garden, Glen Echo Country Club, Greenbriar Country Club, Tavern of the Fine Arts, St. Louis Women’s Club, Ballpark Hilton, and private parties and receptions.

Jocelyn is currently pianist for Songs of Africa Ensemble, & Community Gospel Choir of St Louis. She also maintains a studio of twenty students, and is a member of St. Louis Area Music Teachers Association, Piano Teacher’s Round Table, & National Federation of Music Teachers.