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Rachel Pollard

Adjunct Professor of Music Education
Mary Pappert School of Music
Music Education

School of Music, Room 319
Phone: 412.396.6080


M.Ed., Gannon University
B.S., Duquesne University

Rachel Pollard received a Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude, in Music Education, and a concentration in classical and jazz voice, from Duquesne University. She holds both a Master of Education degree in Education and Certificate of Educational Administration from Gannon University. Ms. Pollard is certified in the Orff-Schulwerk Pedagogy, having completed her Levels I, II, III and Masterclass at the University of Memphis and University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She works actively as a guest conductor throughout the Eastern United States, specializing in both treble choral and mixed changing-voice choir pedagogy, technique and repertoire. She currently serves as the Advising Past President of the Pittsburgh Golden Triangle Orff Schulwerk Association, and works nationally as a workshop clinician specializing in the Orff Schulwerk pedagogical method. In addition to regularly serving as a guest lecturer at local universities, she has presented sessions at regional conferences for PMEA and the National AOSA Conference. In the Pittsburgh area, Rachel teaches Elementary Choral Methods for Duquesne University and maintains a full studio vocal coaching schedule. She is employed full-time as a vocal music specialist at the elementary level for the Fox Chapel Area School District in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.