rachel stegeman holds a violin and stands in front of a brick wall

Rachel Stegeman

Adjunct Professor of Violin
Mary Pappert School of Music

Music, Room 210
Phone: 412.396.5119


M.M., Duquesne University
B.M., Duquesne University

Rachel Robinson Stegeman, a native of Washington D.C., began her violin studies at age 8. As a student of then National Symphony Concertmaster, William Steck, she quickly developed her performance skills, winning the opportunity to solo with the National Symphony Orchestra with the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto. While establishing herself in the D.C. area in 1984–1989, she performed with the National Symphony and Kennedy Center Opera Orchestra (as well as many other orchestras in the area), performed in a string quartet at the White House, traveled to Rome to perform for the Pope, and later won orchestral auditions that led her to California, both with the Pacific and Sacramento Symphonies. After relocating in 1989 and accepting a principal position in the Pacific Symphony in Southern California, Stegeman gradually became one of the most sought after violinists in the recording industry, performing on sessions in the motion picture industry, as well as the television and record industries. She was also hired as a substitute in the Los Angeles Philharmonic for concerts and tours. Shortly thereafter, she won the position as Assistant Concertmaster of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and the position of Assistant Concertmaster of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. While in Los Angeles, Stegeman performed in many live broadcasts and taped television work, for shows such as Jay Leno, Craig Kilborn, various local news programs, Days of Our Lives, the American Music Awards, VH-1 Awards, E.T. 50th Anniversary Live with Steven Spielberg and John Williams, and several years of The Academy Awards as an orchestral member. As a full time employed studio violinist, she performed in over 550 major motion picture soundtracks, 80 television shows, 300 records, as well as commercials for television, live performances broadcast on the radio, and other live concerts throughout the area. She has recorded many genres of music including classical music, chamber music, jazz, pop, R&B, contemporary jazz, easy listening, rock and roll, heavy metal, and movie soundtracks for over 100 labels worldwide.

In 2002, Stegeman moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and began serving as Adjunct Professor at Duquesne University in Applied Violin, Orchestral Literature and Repertoire, and Chamber Music. Currently, she holds the positions of Concertmaster of both the Youngstown Symphony and Wheeling Symphony and Associate Concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra and the Pittsburgh Ballet Orchestra. She is also very involved with the Pittsburgh Symphony, performing with them on many of their season concerts and international tours since 2009. She continues to be involved in several summer music festivals, both national and international, such as Sunflower Music Festival, Buzzards Bay Musicfest, and previously the St. Barts Music Festival in the French West Indies. She continues her chamber music collaborations here in Pittsburgh and at music festivals with well-known artists who live around the world.

Stegeman has sent many of her students right into jobs, both in performing and teaching positions. Some orchestras where her students are employed part time or full time are: San Antonio Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Victoria Symphony, Chicago Civic Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony (2 students hired as substitute musicians), Westmoreland Symphony, Erie Philharmonic, North Carolina Symphony, Wheeling Symphony, Johnstown Symphony, Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra, and the Pittsburgh Ballet Orchestra. Many of her music education students are employed locally in the North Allegheny School District, Moon School District, Upper Saint Clair, and other states such as New York and West Virginia.

Along with her husband, Charles Stegeman, she created the Violin and Viola Boot Camp, which is dedicated to the excellence of practice and performance techniques of young violinists. Also in 2020, their corporation, Fiddlers Too Inc. is launching a brand new program entitled: "Pump Up Your Practice", a Summer Strings Institute, through Duquesne University. She maintains a large home studio of violinists and violists, hoping to instill a system of efficient practice techniques for young players.

Her instrument is a H. Fagnola violin (Italian) of the year 1923. Her teachers include Ramona Coppage, Leslye Gartrell, Luis Haza, William Steck, Robert Lipsett, and Sidney Harth. She studied music at Catholic University (in Washington, D.C.) and graduated from Duquesne University with both undergraduate and graduate violin performance degrees.

In her free time she enjoys family life with husband Charles Stegeman, and children: Gabbi, Adam, stepsons Luke, Mike, and West Highland Terrier Duncan.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Violin Pedagogy
  • International Performing Artist
  • Commercial Music Industry
  • Collegiate Course Design
  • Summer Festival Design
  • Audition Strategy Coach


Movie/TV Show

1996 101 Dalmations
2000 102 Dalmations
1999 15 Minutes
2001 A.I.
1996 Absolute Power
Addams Family Values
1993 Adventures in Brisco County, Jr. The Pilot
1993 Adventures in Brisco County, Jr. The Series
2001 Affair of the Necklace, The
1997 Air Force One
1992 Aladdin
1997 Alien 4: Resurrection
1994 Alien Nation: Dark Horizon
1996 Alien Nation: Millenium
All I Want for Christmas
2000 All the Pretty Horses
2000 Ally McBeal (00/01 Season)
2001 Ally McBeal (01/02 Season)
1999 Ally McBeal (99/00 Season)
2000 Along Came a Spider
1995 Amazing Panda Adventure, The
2001 America's Sweethearts
1997 Amistad
1997 Anaconda
1998 Analyze This
1997 Anastasia
1995 Andersonville
1999 Angela's Ashes
1999 Anna and the King
1999 Annie
1995 Annie II: The Royal Adventure
2001 Antitrust
1999 Anywhere But Here
1995 Apollo 13
1998 Armageddon
1997 As Good As It Gets
1998 At First Sight
2001 Atlantis: The Lost Empire
2002 Austin Powers in Goldmember
1999 Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
Backfield in Motion
1994 Bad Company
2000 Bait
1995 Balto
1998 Basketball
1997 Batman and Robin
1995 Batman Forever
1993 Batman: Mask of the Phantasm
2001 Beautiful Mind, A
1991 Beauty and the Beast
1996 Bed of Roses
2000 Bedazzled
2001 Behing Enemy Lines
1994 Beverly Hills Cop III
1999 Bicentennial Man
1999 Big Daddy
2000 Big Momma's House
1995 Billy Madison
2002 Blade II
1994 Blank Check
1994 Blankman, The
1998 Blast from the Past
1999 Blue Streak
1992 Bodyguard, The
1996 Bogus
1990 Book of Love AKA Jack in the Box
1991 Born Yesterday
2002 Boston Public
2000 Boys and Girls
1997 Breakdown
1995 Bridges of Madison County
1999 Brokedown Palace
2003 Bruce Almighty
1998 Bug's Life, A
1996 Cable Guy, The
1995 Casper
2000 Cast Away
2001 Cats & Dogs
1997 Cats Don't Dance
1996 Celtic Pride
2000 Center Stage
2000 Chain of Fools
1996 Chain Reaction
2000 Charlie's Angels
1997 Chicago Hope 4 (97/98 Season)
2001 Cinderella 2: Dreams Do Come True
1996 City Hall
1998 Civil Action, A
1994 Clean Slate
1994 Client, The
1995 Clueless
2001 Collateral Damage
1997 Con Air
1995 Congo
1997 Conspiracy Theory
Cops and Robbersons
1994 Corrina, Corrina
1996 Courage Under Fire
Court Martial of Jackie Robinson, The
1996 Craft, The
2001 Crazy/Beautiful
1995 Crimson Tide
1991 Curly Sue
1994 D2 - The Mighty Ducks II
1997 Dallas: War of the Ewings
1995 Danielle Steel's Mixed Blessings
1997 Dante's Peak
1998 Day Lincoln Was Shot, The
1996 Daylight
2001 Death to Smoochy
1999 Deep Blue Sea
1998 Deep Impact
1997 Deep Rising
1997 Devil's Advocate
1997 Devil's Own, The
2000 Disney's The Kid
1995 Dolores Claiborne
1993 Double Double Toil and Trouble
1999 Double Jepordy
1996 Down Periscope
2000 Down to Earth
2003 Down with Love
2001 Dr. Doolittle II
1992 Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman - Pilot
2000 Dracula 2000
1995 Dracula: Dead and Loving It
1996 Dragonheart
2001 Drew Carey Show, The (01/02 Season)
1999 Drop Dead Gorgeous
2000 Dude, Where's My Car?
1999 Dudley Do-Right
1997 Edge, The
2002 Eight Legged Freaks
1999 Election
2000 Emperor's New Groove, The
1999 End of Days
1996 Eraser
2000 Erin Brockovitch
1996 Evening Star
2001 Evolution
1996 Executive Decision
1996 Extreme Measures
2000 Extremely Goofy Movie, An
1996 Eye for an Eye, An
2001 Eye See You
1999 Family Guy ('99 Season)
2000 Family Man
1999 Fantasia 2000
2002 Far From Heaven
2001 Fast and the Furious, The
1995 Father of the Bride II
2000 Father's Choice A
1997 Father's Day
1996 Fear
2000 Felicity ('00/'01 Season)
1999 Felicity ('99/'00 Season)
1995 First Knight
1996 First Wives Club, The
2001 Flamingo Rising
1996 Fled
Flight of the Intruder
2000 Flinstones in Viva Rock Vegas, The
1997 Flubber
1996 Fly Away Home
2001 Follow the Stars Home
1996 Fool's Rush In
1999 For Love of the Game
1993 For Love or Money
1997 For Richer or Poorer
1992 Forever Young
1994 Forrest Gump
1993 Free Willy
1995 Free Willy II
1995 French Kiss
2000 Frequency
1996 Frighteners, The
1993 Fugitive, The
1999 Galapagos: The Enchanted Voyage
1999 Galaxy Quest
1997 Game, The
1999 General's Daughter, The
2000 Geppetto
Geronimo: An American Legend
2001 Get Over It
1994 Getting Even With Dada
1996 Ghosts of Mississippi
1998 Godzilla
2000 Gone in 60 Seconds
Good Son, The
1997 Goodbye Lover
1995 Goofy Movie, A
1999 Green Mile, The
1995 Grumpier Old Men
Guarding Tess
2000 Hanging up
1999 Haunting, The
1996 Head Above Water
1993 Heart and Souls #02215
2000 Heartbreakers
1995 Heat
1993 Heaven and Earth
1995 Heavyweights
1997 Hercules
1999 Here on Earth
1992 Hero
2001 High Crimes
1996 High School High
1995 Higher Learning
1998 Holy Man
1993 Holy Matrimony
1997 Home Alone 3
1991 Homefront ('91/'92 Season)
1992 Homefront ('92/'93 Season)
1996 Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco
1992 Honey I Blew Up the Kid
1998 Hope Floats
Hot Shots II
1996 House Arrest
1995 Houseguest
2001 Hunchback of Norte Dame II, The
1996 Hunchback of Norte Dame, The
Hunt for Red October, The
1997 I Know What You Did Last Summer
1998 I Still Know What You Did Last Summer
2002 Ice Age
2001 Imposter
1996 Independence Day
1999 Inspector Gadget
1999 Instinct
1994 Iron Will
1999 Isn't She Great
1994 It Could Happen to You
1996 Jack
1997 Jackel, The
2001 Jackie, Ethel, & Joan: The Women of Camelot
1996 James and the Giant Peach
1995 Jerky Boys, The
1996 Jingle All the Way
2001 Joe Somebody
1990 Joe Versus the Volcano
1997 John Grisham's The Rainmaker
2001 Josie and the Pussy Cats
1995 Journey
1995 Journey
1993 Joy Luck Club, The
2001 Joy Ride
1995 Judge Dredd
1995 Jumanji
1996 Jungle2Jungle
1994 Junior
1993 Jurassic Park
2001 Jurassic Park III
1995 Just Cause
1997 King of the Hill ('97/'98 Season)
1998 Krippendorf's Tribe
1997 L.A. Confidential
2001 Lady and the Tramp II: Scamps Adventures
2000 Land Before Time VII: The Stone of Cold Fire
1996 Larger than Life
Last Action Hero
2001 Last Castle, The
2001 Last Castle, The
Leap of Faith
1998 Lethal Weapon 4
1997 Liar, Liar
1998 Life
2002 Life, Or Something Like It
2002 Lilo and Stitch
1993 Linda
1994 Little Giants
2000 Little Nicky
1994 Little Rascals
1996 Lois & Clark ('96/'97 Season)
1998 Long Island Incident
1996 Long Kiss Goodnight, The
Look Who's Talking Now
1995 Losing Isaiah
1997 Lost World: Jurassic Park, The
1999 Magnolia
1995 Major Payne
1995 Mall Rats
1999 Man on the Moon
Man Trouble
1995 Man Who Wouldn't Die
1996 Mars Attacks
1998 Mask of Zorro, The
1999 Matrix
1994 Maverick
2001 Max Keebler's Big Move
1996 Mchale's Navy
2000 Meet the Parents
1997 Men in Black
2002 Men in Black 2
2000 Men of Honor
1998 Mercury Rising
1999 Message in a Bottle
Meteor Man
1996 Metro
2001 Mexican, The
1996 Michael
1992 Mighty Ducks, The
1998 Mighty Joe Young
Milk Money
2002 Minority Report
1994 Miracle on 34th Street
1996 Mirror Has Two Faces, The
2000 Miss Congeniality
1998 Molly
1995 Money Train
1999 Monsters, Inc.
1995 Moonlight and Valentino
1996 Mother Night
1997 Mouse Hunt
1998 Mr. Headmistress
1997 Mr. Magoo
1998 Mulan
1996 Mulholland Falls
1996 Multiplicity
1999 Mumford
2001 Mummy Returns, The
1997 Murder at 1600
1993 Murder She Wrote #10 ('93/'94 Season)
1995 Murderours Intent
1999 Music of the Heart
1998 My Favorite Martian
1996 My Fellow Americans
1997 My Giant
My Girl II
Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult
1993 National Geographic - Survivors of Skeleton
1995 Net, The
1995 Nick of Time
1993 Nightmare Before Christmas, The
1995 Nine Months
1995 Nixon
2001 Not Another Teen Movie
2000 Nutty Professor II: The Klumps
O Pioneers
1998 October Sky
1998 Odd Couple III: Traveling Light
1998 One True Thing
1997 Oscar and Lucinda
1998 Out of Towners, The
1995 Outbreak
1994 Paper, The
2000 Patriot, The
1998 Paulie
1999 Payback
2000 Pearl Harbor
1996 People vs. Larry Flint, The
1995 Perez Family, The
1998 Perfect Murder
2000 Perfect Storm, The
Pickle The
2001 Planet of the Apes
1998 Playing by Heart
1998 Pleasantville
1995 Pocahontus
1992 Point of No Return
1997 Postman, The
1998 Practical Magic
1996 Preacher's Wife, The
1996 Primal Fear
Program, The
2000 Proof of Life
1999 Providence ('99/'00 Season)
1998 Providence (Pilot and '98/'99 Season)
2002 Punch Drunk Love
1999 Purgatory
1995 Pyromaniacs: A Love Story
1998 Quest for Camelot
Quigley Down Under
Quiz Show
1996 Race the Sun
1999 Random Hearts
1996 Ransom
2002 Red Dragon
1995 Redwood Curtain
2000 Reindeer Games
1996 Relic
2000 Remember the Titans
1994 Renaissance Man
1993 Return to Lonesome Dove
Return to the Blue Lagoon
1996 Rich Man's Wife
1994 Richie Rich
2002 Road to Perdition, The
Robocop III
2001 Rock Star
1997 Rodger's and Hammerstein's Cinderella
2000 Romeo Must Die
1996 Rosewood
1999 Runaway Bride
1998 Rush Hour
2001 Rush Hour 2
1995 Sabrina
2001 Salton Sea
1994 Santa Clause, The
2001 Save the Last Dance
2001 Scary Movie 2
1993 Schindler's List
2002 Scooby Doo
1999 Scooby Doo and the Alien Invaders
1998 Scooby Doo on Zomnie Island
2002 Scorpion King, The
1996 Scream
1997 Scream 2
2000 Scream 3
1996 Set It Off
1997 Seven Years in Tibet
1996 Sgt. Bilko
1994 Shadow, The
Shawshank Redemption, The
1998 Simon Birch
1997 Simple Wish, A 
1993 Sisters (93'/94' Season)
1998 Six Days, Seven Nights
1997 Sixth Man, The
1999 Sixth Sense, The
1996 Sleepers
1998 Small Soldiers
1997 Smile Like Yours, A
1999 Snow Day
2001 Snow Dogs
1999 Snow Falling on Cedars
So I Married an Axe Murderer
2001 Someone Like You
1999 South Park: Bigger, Longer, & Uncut
1996 Space Jam
1995 Species
1998 Species II
1997 Speed II: Cruise Control
2002 Spider-Man
1996 Spitfire Grill
1994 Squanto: A Warrior's Tale
1992 Star Trek: DS9 #420 In the Hands of the Profi
1993 Star Trek: DS9 #426 Melora
1994 Star Trek: DS9 #454 Meridian
1994 Star Trek: DS9 #469
1994 Star Trek: DS9 #472 Adversary, The
1995 Star Trek: DS9 #477 Indiscretion
1995 Star Trek: DS9 #488 Bar Association, The
1995 Star Trek: DS9 #492 Shattered Mirror
1994 Star Trek: Generations
1992 Star Trek: TNG #252 Descent Part 1
1995 Stars Fell on Henrietta
1997 Starship Troopers
1996 Start Trek: DS9 #506 Things Past
1992 Stay Tuned
1995 Steal Big, Steal Little
1997 Steel
1998 Stepmom
1999 Stuart Little
2001 Sugar and Spice
2002 Sum of All Fears, The
2002 Sweetest Thing
2000 Swordfish
1995 Tank Girl
1999 Tarzan
1991 Tazmania
1999 Teaching Mrs. Tingle
2001 Texas Rangers
1997 That Old Feeling
That's Entertainment III
1995 The American President
1993 There Was a Little Boy
1998 Thicker Than Blood
1998 Thin Red Line, The
2000 Third Watch (00/01 Season)
This Boy's Life
1999 Three Kings
1993 Three Musketeers, The
2000 Three Stooges
2000 Tigger Movie
1996 Til There Was You
1994 Time Cop
1996 Time to Kill, A
1996 Tin Cup
1990 Tiny Toons (90/91 Season)
1991 Tiny Toons (91/92 Season)
1992 Tiny Toons (92/93 Season)
2000 Titan A.E.
1997 Titanic
1995 To Die For
1996 To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday
1995 Toy Story
1999 Toy Story 2
1993 Trading Mom AKA: Mommy Market
2002 Treasure Planet
1997 Trojan War
True Lies
2002 Tuck Everlasting
2002 Tuxedo, The
1996 Twister
2000 U - 571
1998 U.S. Marshalls
2002 Unconditional Love
1992 Under Seige
1995 Under Seige II: Dark Territory
2002 Unfaithful
1996 Unforgettable
1996 Up Close and Personal
2000 Vertical Limit
1997 Volcano
1996 Waiting to Exhale
1995 Walk in the Clouds, A
1996 War at Home, The
2000 What Lies Beneath
2000 What Women Want
What's Love Got to Do With It AKA I, Tina
1995 While You Were Sleeping
1991 White Fang
1995 White Man's Burden
1995 Wild Bill
1998 Wild Things
1999 Wild, Wild, West
1997 William Falkner's The Old Man
2001 Windtalkers
1997 Woo
Wrestling Earnest Hemmingway
1994 Wyatt Earp
2000 X-Men
2001 Zoolander



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Sharks Bernstein, Elmer
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Bounce Bon Jovi
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Tokyo Road Bon Jovi
Secrets Braxton, Toni
Unbreak My Heart Braxton, Toni
Ultimate Toni Braxton Braxton, Toni
Rainbow Carey, Mariah
Clapton Chronicles, Best of Eric Clapton Clapton, Eric
Ballads Clapton, Eric
Love Songs Cole, Natalie
Forgiven, Not Forgotten Corrs
Colour of My Love, The Dion, Celine
All the Way - A Decade of Song Dion, Celine
New Day Has Come Dion, Celine
One Heart Dion, Celine
Collector's Series Volume One Dion, Celine
Falling Into You Dion, Celine
My Heart Will Go On (Dance Mixes) Dion, Celine
Let's Talk About Love Dion, Celine
All the Way Dion, Celine and Frank Sinatra
Alma Caribena~Caribbean Soul Estefan, Gloria
Inertia Exiles, The
Something Like Human Fuel
Chronicles of Life and Death Good Charlotte
Warning Green Day
International Superhits! Green Day
Pearl Harbor-Soundtrack-SX2002 Hill, Faith
Love Will Always Win Hill, Faith
Healing Balm, A Horner, James
Greatest Hits Houston, Whitney
Enrique Iglesias, Enrique
High Mileage Jackson, Alan
Greatest Hits Kenny G
Classics in the Key of G Kenny G
Moment, The Kenny G
Hakuna Matata Lane, Nathan & Ernie Sabel
Atomic Lit
Ricky Martin Martin, Ricky
Sound Loaded Martin, Ricky
Best of Ricky Martin, The Martin, Ricky
Nobody Wants to be Lonely Martin, Ricky & Christina Aguilerra
Boy is Mine Monica
Flik Machine, The Newman, Randy
Flik's Return Newman, Randy
What About You Newman, Thomas
Lymphocytes Newman, Thomas
Xerox Newman, Thomas
Pro Bono Newman, Thomas
On the Plume Newman, Thomas
No Colon Newman, Thomas
Technically a Woman Newman, Thomas
Rahsaan Patterson Patterson, Rahsaan
Greatest Hits + Five Unreleased Perry, Steve
Last DJ, The Petty, Tom
Divine Discontent Sixpence None the Richer
Smash Mouth Smash Mouth
Bodyguard (Costner/Houston) Soundtrack
Men In Black Soundtrack
Schindler's List Soundtrack
I Just Can't Wait to be King Soundtrack of the Lion King (USA)
Spanner in the Works Stewart, Rod
Memories Streisand, Barbara
Higher Ground Streisand, Barbara
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Ultimate Collection Streisand, Barbara
Love Like Ours Streisand, Barbara
My Private Nation Train
Be Here Urban, Keith
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