Jocelyn Rugaber

A pianist for all occasions


My son got married at St. Gabriel’s on September 16th. He and his bride had very specific music they wanted played. They talked it over with Jocelyn who was very easy to work with. She played the songs they requested so beautifully and improvised unknowingly to the guests a needed. I would recommend her to anyone. She truly is a gifted artist and very professional to work with making one thing on the long list of things to do when planning a wedding very simple.
— Sherri Juergensen
There’s lots to love with Jocelyn on piano. She’s comfortable with and enthusiastic about any styles. For sure, she rocks here with us at Songs of Africa.
— Fredo, composer & founder of the African Musical Arts
I have hired Jocelyn to accompany students who play for recitals and festivals. They have always come away with a positive experience. She is kind and professional.
— Pete Pancella, Private Studio Strings Instructor
Jocelyn’s music and energy were perfect for my Studio Art Show.  Talented, flexible, and a crowd pleaser. I would certainly use her again!
— Marrianne Baer
Jocelyn added the extra touch of class we were looking for at our low-key wedding reception! Her piano playing was perfect and stress-free. We didn’t have a playlist so Jocelyn learned what we liked and what we didn’t like so she could personalize the selections. She is lovely to work with and is eager to please. Do not hesitate to have Jocelyn add to your already beautiful and special day.
— Robyn S. via The Knot
We were so happy to have Jocelyn play the piano for our wedding ceremony! She is talented and professional and extremely easy to work with. We received countless compliments throughout the evening on how beautiful her piano playing was. We will be forever grateful for her being a part of our big day!!
— Leah C. via The Knot
Our band recommended Jocelyn to us for a pianist at our wedding ceremony. We could not be more happy with our choice to hire her. She was amazing to work with and responded quickly to all of my emails, calls and text messages. She is a beautiful piano player with a sweet bubbly personality. She is extremely professional and works very hard to make sure she has every detail covered. We had one meeting to go over all of my music choices. She was on time for all of our meetings and events. She was able to provide great advice and suggestions and could play any song I requested. I would highly recommend her for any event.
— Marissa Caruso, via The Knot
My wife (an STL native) and I got married in St Louis and planned the wedding remotely from Cleveland. While coordinating details long distance was a challenge with respect to some parts of the event, working with Jocelyn, who was our primary ceremony musician, was a breeze. Jocelyn was flexible and thorough in communicating with us from the get-go and was truly generous with her time and enthusiasm. I quickly sensed that she was passionate about music in general and specifically about helping us formulate and realize our vision for the sonic landscape of our wedding. Beyond having a big repertoire of music that she was able to execute with confidence, she took on the task of coordinating pieces with a second musician (cellist) and was happy to do quite a bit of back and forth discussing our song selections for various parts of the ceremony. Her actual playing was exactly what we were looking for and it really tied together our exchange of vows at Graham Chapel. We have been fortunate to attend many recent weddings in the St Louis area and have heard many of the local pianists. With that said, I would absolutely recommend going with Jocelyn above any and all others.”
— Stephen and Liz Pfriem
We appreciated your joyous contribution to our daughter’s rehearsal dinner.
Our effort to celebrate her fiance’s African culture was enhanced with your lovely selections of African melodies.
Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful talent for our special event!
— Susan Scully

“Jocelyn was great to work with! She was on time, accommodating, and fantastic musically. She was able to transcribe a pop song that my husband requested for our processional and it got so many compliments. I loved that we were able to do something different and unique for our ceremony. Jocelyn also was great when working with my brother, who performed a song, during the ceremony. She was flexible with his rehearsal time and he said great things about working with her. Jocelyn would be fantastic as your wedding pianist!” — Bailey North