Pianist Jocelyn Anne Kovaleski Swigger grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she made her concerto debut at the age of 16. Known for her expressive playing, varied programming, and informative concert lectures, she performs as a solo and collaborative pianist in the United States, Europe, and South America. Principal teachers include Rebecca Penneys, Evelyne Brancart, and Joseph Schwartz.
Before coming to Gettysburg College, Swigger taught at Fort Lewis College, the Hochstein Music School, CUNY Queensborough, and Adelphi University, and played as a collaborative artist and accompanist for the Manhattan School of Music, the Castleman Quartet Program, the Boys Choir of Harlem, and the Juilliard School. She has also regularly appeared as performer and teacher at the Ameropa chamber music festival in the Czech Republic and Spain. She spent the summer of 2008 on a Fulbright Scholar Teaching Grant in Asunción, Paraguay, teaching piano and chamber music.
Jocelyn Swigger can be heard on Con Brio Recordings. Her most recent CD, Rhythms and Blues: American Piano Music, was praised in Gramophone Magazine as "Just the right amount of Swagger from Swigger, with a brave coda to boot," and listed as MusicWeb International's Record of the Month. American Record Guide called it a "racy, highly enjoyable program" and said, "She is adept in projecting the crunch and swagger...as she is in evoking the delicate clouds of sound...her languid sensuality...is seductive."
Radio broadcasts include NPR stations WBFO in Buffalo NY, WSUiR in Wichita KS, and WIPR in Interlochen WI.
Swigger is a musical omnivore. An advocate of new music, she has premiered works by composers including Dennis DeSantis, Payton MacDonald, Gavin Chuck, Aaron Grad, Buzz Jones, Greg Mertl, and Forrest Pierce. She has appeared on Composers Forum concerts at Eastman, Oberlin, Cornell, and NYU, and was a board member and frequent performer for Ossia New Music at Eastman. In recent years, her interest in early music has led her to study and perform on the harpsichord and fortepiano. In addition to her life as a classical musician, she also performs on accordion, vocals, and occasional electric bass in the indie rock band, Gettysburg Pirate Orchestra.
Her current project is learning all of Chopin's etudes, an experience she is chronicling in a weekly podcast, Play It Again Swig.
B.A., Oberlin College
B.M., Oberlin Conservatory
M.M., Eastman School of Music
D.M.A., Eastman School of Music