Carl Rahkonen, Ph.D

Music Librarian / Professor


Phone:  724-357-5644

The Harold S. Orendorff Music Library
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Cogswell Hall, 101C, 422 S. 11th St.
Indiana, PA 15705-1071


 Carl Rahkonen

I work as a Music Librarian and Professor at Indiana University of Pennsylvania,  as a member of the Library Faculty.  I am responsible for reference, collection development and cataloging for the Orendorff Music Library and serve as bibliographer for the IUP College of Fine Arts, the Departments of  Music, Art and Design and Theater, Dance and Performance

I have taught courses in Music Bibliography, Information Literacy in World Music, and Ethnic Music and Culture. Additional professional interests include Copyright issues in the digital age.  I occasionally teach workshops at music camps, such as the 2018 Greenwood Furnace Folk Gathering, the 2016 GFFG, and Folk College 2017

I am active in the Music Library Association, and its Atlantic Chapter, as well as the Niagara chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology, the Allegheny Chapter of the American Musicological Society, and the Society for the Advancement of Scandianian Study.

My research interests include Finnish, Scandinavian, Baltic, Russian and Celtic folk music; folk instruments, especially the Finnish kantele;  polka bands and fiddling, especially in Western Pennsylvania; and the history of ethnomusicology, especially its women pioneers.  For a more detailed description of my academic activities, see my professional vitae.

I enjoy playing fiddle, mandolin or string bass with local musicians, with Finnish-American musicians, with the Irish band Aran, the Pennsylvania old-time band Keystone Rebels, Grist for the Mill and other musician friends.  I was an ArtsPath artist from 2001-05 in fiddling for Western Pennsylvania. 

I played my first viola recital in 32 years on January 18, 2008, a Beethoven Recital on January 16, 2009, a Rebecca Clarke recital on March 19, 2010, a Schumann Recital on April 19, 2011 a Finnish Recital on February 23, 2012,  a recital called Elegies and Meditations on March 28, 2013 a Baroque Recital on October 27, 2014, and a Sibelius mini-recital to celebrate the 150th anniversary of his birth.  I also enjoy playing viola with the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra.   For more information see:

Carl Rahkonen's kantele site
Fiddling Around America
Music Sites on the Web.
Music Bibliography at IUP.
The best collection of Viola Jokes on the World Wide Web.
Carl's paper on viola jokes presented at the Society for Ethnomusicology Meeting in 1994.

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