The American pianist and music educator, Rhoda Pinsley Levin, was raised in Freeport, Long Island, and later Forest Hills. After attending the High School of Music and Art in New York City, she received a Bachelor of Music degree from Oberlin Conservatory of Music and a Masters in Music Education from Columbia University.
Rhoda Pinsley Levin was active in the Long Island and Hofstra University musical communities. A piano teacher with a large following, she also served as vice president of the Hofstra-sponsored Pro Arte Symphony Orchestra League and, previously, as choral music teacher in the public school systems of Netcong, New Jersey, and Mamaroneck and North Merrick, New York.
In addition to her solo concertizing, Rhoda Pinsley Levin performed as accompanist for various chamber music, vocal and modern dance groups, and for Classroom Materials Inc. of Great Neck, which provided musical instructional recordings to public schools. She also toured the country and performed on radio with the Oberlin Woodwind Ensemble.
Rhoda Pinsley Levin died of cancer in 1971 at the age of 41. Hofstra’s annual Rhoda Pinsley Levin Endowed Award for Excellence in Musical Performance assists promising senior undergraduate musicians in their scholarly and vocational pursuits. Her legacy is honored by that award, its annual recitals, and Hofstra's Rhoda Levin Piano Literature Collection.