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Carrie McCormack has been serving as the Assistant to the Deans of the Mary Pappert School of Music since 2022. Previously, Carrie worked for three years as the School of Music's Student and Alumni Services Coordinator.

Born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, Carrie began her musical journey at age 11, when she picked up the French horn and joined band. She earned her bachelor's degree in horn performance from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, studying with Randy Gardner, and then moved to Pittsburgh to continue her studies. She holds a Master of Music degree and an Advanced Music Studies Certificate from Carnegie Mellon University, where her primary teachers were Stephen Kostyniak and William Caballero. Throughout her college years, she taught and worked as a staff member at Kendall Betts Horn Camp in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

In addition to her work at Duquesne University, Carrie also continues to freelance as a performer. She has performed with the Pittsburgh, Canton, Akron, Youngstown, and Butler County Symphony Orchestras. Additionally, Carrie is a member of The Brass Roots and has appeared with Pittsburgh Festival Opera, Incidental Chamber Players, and Resonance Works. Carrie also served for over two years as Assistant Librarian of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

Carrie lives with her husband, Matt, and regularly carves out time to read, experience live music, and bake cookies.


Certificate, Carnegie Mellon University
M.M., Carnegie Mellon University
B.M., University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music

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