Professor of Music, Director of Piano Activities
School of Arts & Communication: Music
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331
Rachelle McCabe, concert pianist and professor of music at Oregon State University, enjoys an international career as artist-teacher and is well known to audiences throughout the Pacific Northwest where she appears frequently as a solo recitalist and highly respected chamber musician. McCabe has performed extensively in the United States, Canada, Southeast Asia and England. In addition to solo piano recitals in Singapore, Cambridge (UK), Malaysia, Seattle, Atlanta, Detroit, Portland, and Washington, D.C., she has been heard on NPR's Performance Today, the CBC, and PBS television. As concerto soloist she has played with many North American orchestras including the Seattle, Pittsburgh, Oregon and Victoria symphonies. She performs duo-piano recitals with her sister Robin McCabe. As artist teacher, Rachelle McCabe has appeared in many festivals including the Victoria International Festival, The Johanessen Summer School of the Arts, The Highlands Festival in North Carolina, Chamber Music Northwest and the Chintimini Chamber Music Festival. She was a faculty member of The Seattle Piano Institute in 2012, and an adjudicator at the annual Hong Kong Festival in 2008 and 2012. She has also held short-term teaching residencies at schools in Singapore and Malaysia.
At Oregon State University, Rachelle McCabe directs the piano program and is artistic director of Corvallis-OSU Piano International and its prestigious Steinway Recital Series. She directs OSU’s Piano Power camps for high school piano students throughout the Pacific Northwest and co-directs the annual OSU Chamber Music Workshop. On the basis of outstanding teaching, McCabe was named a master teacher in the College of Liberal Arts. She holds a doctorate (D.M.A.) from The University of Michigan where she studied with Theodore Lettvin and Gyorgy Sandor, a master's degree from The Juilliard School where she studied with Ania Dorfmann, and a bachelor's degree from The University of Washington where she studied with Bela Siki.
- McCabe's reading of Bartok's "Improvisations" displayed a true affinity for the eclectic Bartokian style… Debussy's "Estampes" was a model of limpid understatement, always delivered with taste… -Atlanta Constitution
- Rachelle McCabe is an elegant pianist, a considerable mistress of the keyboard and an artist who possesses both fine musical intelligence and intense feeling… She gave Ravel's "Valses nobles et sentimentales" a mesmerizing reading of exceptional concentration, characterized by a marvelously natural sense of rubato, which never sounded calculated or force. -Victoria Times
- Her technique and interpretation in Mendelssohn's G minor Concerto were brilliant. -Seattle Times
- McCabe's passionate but tightly controlled technique is more than equal to the complex palette of light and dark that Schubert demands. --The Oregonian