Joanne Rogers

Joanne Byrd Rogers, born in Florida, is a long-time resident of Pittsburgh. She began her musical training at age five and received the Bachelor of Music degree from Rollins College, where she and her husband, Fred Rogers, met. She received the Master of Music degree from The Florida State University, where she held a graduate fellowship for piano study with Ernst von Dohnanyi, the renowned Hungarian composer, pianist, and conductor. Her piano study with Dohnanyi continued until his death in 1960.

Fred and Joanne Rogers were married in 1952 in New York City, and in 1953 they moved to Pittsburgh, where Fred joined the founders of the public television station, WQED. They raised their two sons, James and John, in Pittsburgh. Mrs. Rogers is also a grandmother to three grandsons: Alexander, Douglas, and Ian.

Since 1976, Mrs. Rogers has concertized extensively with her Rollins classmate, Jeannine Morrison, as a duo-piano team. She retired from public performance in 2008.

Mrs. Rogers is currently serving as the Honorary Chair of the Advisory Council for The Fred M. Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children's Media, which is located on the campus of St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, Fred Rogers' hometown. Mrs. Rogers is also Chair of the Board of Directors of The Fred Rogers Company, the non-profit organization Fred Rogers founded in 1971. Through these two organizations, she is actively invested in carrying on Fred's legacy—working with families and children.