Faculty by Area
Margaret Nichols Baldridge
Professor Violin and Viola
Dr. Margaret Nichols Baldridge, combines an extensive and diverse performance calendar with an active teaching schedule both in the United States and abroad. These performances include concerts, master classes, festivals, and tours with The Sapphire Trio, and as Leader of the String Orchestra of the Rockies, concertmaster of the Missoula Symphony and as professor of violin and viola at the University of Montana.
The Sapphire Trio has performed in Bogata, and Medellin, Colombia, Italy, Spain, Israel, Palestine, Ireland, Austria, Germany and Japan. In April 2012 and 2010 Dr. Baldridge and The Sapphire Trio traveled to the West Bank of Palestine as judges on the international juries for the Palestinian National Music Competition. While there in 2012, 2011 and 2010 the Trio performed and gave master classes in Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Nablus and Ramallah, The Golan Heights and the Galilee area of Israel. Additional recent engagements with The Sapphire Trio included a seven-state US tour and concerts at the national conventions of ASTA, MTNA, AAMC, ICA and at The Mayo Clinic. During May of 2006 the Sapphire Trio were Cultural Ambassadors for a US State Department funded tour of Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait where the Trio performed concerts at US Embassies, schools, and for the Kuwait International Music Festival. Future engagements with the trio include concerts South America, and Paris.
The violin and viola professor at The University of Montana since 1992, Dr. Baldridge is also a sought after teacher and adjudicator. She maintains a large studio and her former students are successful professional musicians and teachers. Recently her students won the MTNA National Chamber Music Competition and were competitors at the National MTNA Solo string competition. As a dedicated teacher and proponent of string teaching Dr. Baldridge incorporates educational outreach into her trio tours. Additionally she served as the Montana State ASTA President and as a reviewer for the ASTA journal and the Guide to Teaching Strings 7th Ed. As a member of MTNA she also served on the national One for All committee.
From 1998-2008 Dr. Baldridge was Artist Faculty at the internationally acclaimed Brevard Music Center Festival in Brevard, North Carolina, violinist with the Affetti Festival in Anchorage, Alaska and the Park City Beethoven Festival in Park City, Utah. Her performances with the String Orchestra of the Rockies, and the Park City Beethoven Festival have aired on Public Radio. And she can be heard on the String Orchestra of the Rockies CD recordings: Under the Northern Sky and We’ll Be Together Again with the Jeni Fleming Trio.
Dr. Baldridge holds DMA and BM degrees from The Eastman School of Music and an MM degree from Northwestern University. Where she studied with Catherine Tait, Gerardo Ribiero, and Charles Castleman.
Doctor of Musical Arts degree, Performance and Literature, Applied Violin, Eastman School of Music, Rochester, New York. May 1995.
Master of Music, Applied Violin, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, June 1988.
Bachelor of Music, Applied Violin, Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester, Rochester, New York, May 1987.
Catherine Tait - Eastman School of Music.
Gerardo Ribeiro - Northwestern University and Eastman School of Music.
Charles Castleman -Eastman School of Music.
Dorothy Walker - Sioux City, Iowa.
Violin and Viola lessons for Undergraduate and Graduate Music Majors, Minors, and Non-Majors, University of Montana, Missoula, 1992-present.
Violin and Viola Masterclass- weekly meeting, The University of Montana, Missoula 2001-present.
Strings in Class, upper strings, string methods course for Music Education majors, University of Montana, Missoula, Montana, 1992-present.
Pedagogy of Strings, methods and materials class for string performance majors, University of Montana, Missoula, Montana, 1992- present.
Chamber music coaching, string quartets, piano trios, string duets, University of Montana, Missoula, Montana, 1992-present.
Freshman Theory for Music Majors, University of Montana, Missoula, 1995- 1997
Aural Perception component of Music Theory, University of Montana, Missoula 1995-1998
The Language of Music, fundamentals of music theory for non-music majors, University of Montana, Missoula, Montana, 1992-1995.
Violin Methods, Graduate Assistantship with Dr. Louis Bergonzi, Eastman School of Music, Rochester, New York, 1991- 1992.
Assisted Anastasia Jempelis with the Suzuki pedagogy course, Pedagogy of Strings course and her private Suzuki studio, Eastman School of Music, Rochester, New York, 1990-1992.
String Methods, all stringed instruments, Simpson College, Indianola, Iowa, 1988-1990.
Suzuki/Rolland Pedagogy Class, assistant teacher for graduate and undergraduate string majors, Graduate Assistantship with Dr. Jack Pernecky, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, 1987-1988
Music Theory classes for Talented and Gifted institute at University of Montana, Missoula, MT May 2010.
Music Theory classes for Talented and Gifted classes, Missoula, MT several times throughout 2009-2010.
Organizer of the University of Montana High School Orchestra Festival., Missoula, Montana, 1998-present.
Organizer of the UM All-State String Workshop, University of Montana, Missoula,.
Editor of Montana String Teachers Association newsletter. 1996-1998
Acting Editor of Montana String Teacher's Association newsletter. Fall and Winter issues, 1994.
Delegate from Missoula Symphony to Montana Association of Symphony Orchestras, 1994-1996.
Co-organizer for Montana All-State Festival held on the University of Montana campus, October 1994.
Faculty Advisor for Mu Phi Epsilon Music Fraternity, University of Montana, Missoula, 1993-1994.
Member of the Music, Worship, and Spirituality Commission at the First United Methodist Church, Missoula, Montana, 1993-2000
Lead sectional rehearsals for Missoula Youth Symphony first violin section, Missoula, Montana, 1992-present.
Private violin and viola studio for adults, high school, and middle school students, Missoula, Montana, 1992-present.
Adjudicator at local and statewide solo and ensemble contests, district festivals, Montana, 1992-present.
University/College Teaching Positions
Professor of Violin/Viola, The University of Montana, Missoula, Montana, 1992-present.
Secondary Violin Instructor, Eastman School of Music, Rochester, New York, 1990-1992.
Director of The Salsbury Community School of Music and Instructor of Violin and Viola and String Methods, Simpson College, Indianola, Iowa, 1988-1990.
Violin Instructor Graceland College, Lamoni, Iowa, 1989-1990.
We’ll be together again, with the Jeni Fleming Trio and the String Orchestra of the Rockies, 2006 release.
Under the Northern Sky with The String Orchestra of the Rockies. 2001 release.
RCA Red Seal recording of James Galway with the Eastman Philharmonia, Rochester, New York, 1985
Professional Organization Membership
President Montana American String Teachers Association 2004-2006
President-Elect - Montana American String Teachers Association, 2002
Music Teachers National Association. 1996- present.
Montana Music Teachers Association. 1996- present.
Missoula Music Teachers Association. 1996- present.
College Music Society. 1994-2002
American String Teachers Association. 1980-1983, 1992-present.
Suzuki Association of the Americas, 1980-present.
Music Educators National Conference, 1983-1987, 1991-present.
Montana String Teachers Association, 1992-present.
Iowa Music Teacher's Association. Des Moines, Iowa, 1988.
Sigma Alpha Iota, Women's fraternity in the field of music, Office of Vice President, Eastman School of Music, Rochester, New York. 1985-1987.
Sigma Alpha Iota, Alumni chapter, Rochester, New York, Social Advisor to Eastman School College Chapter, 1990-1992.
The Sapphire Trio: concert and lecture presentation, The International Clarinet Association, Baton Rouge, LA. July 2014.
The Sapphire Trio performed at the Mayo Clinic, as part of the National Meeting of the Association of American Medical Colleges, Rochester, MN October 2007
The Sapphire Trio Premiered “Medical Records” by Charles Nichols at the National Meeting of the Association of American Medical Colleges, Seattle, WA October 2006
The Sapphire Trio: National ASTA Conference, March 2006, Kansas City, Kansas.
The Sapphire Trio: International Clarinet Festival, July 20, 2005, Tama, Japan
The Sapphire Trio: National MTNA Conference, April 2005, Seattle, Washington. Collaborative Arts Master Class, and session.
The Sapphire Trio: Montana Music Teachers Association State Conference Guest Artists, June, 2001, Bozeman, Montana
The Sapphire Trio: Montana Music Teachers Association State Conference Guest Artists, June 2000 Missoula, Montana.
The Sapphire Trio: Montana/Idaho Clarinet Festival 1999, Missoula, Montana
The Sapphire Trio: Alabama Clarinet Festival-University of Montevallo, 1998, Montevallo, Alabama
Chamber Music Concert Series
The Sapphire Trio at Steinway Gallery, Spokane, Washington, October 2013
The Sapphire Trio, Shoshone County concert series and school outreach, May 2013.
Sapphire Trio Sabbatical tour. Performed in Washington, Montana, Ohio, South Carolina, Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Arizona at University and College recital series. Spring 2008. .
Mineral County Performing Arts Council, concert with the Montana Piano Trio, May 14, 2009 Superior, MT.
Sioux City Chamber Music Association concert, With the Sapphire Trio, April 19, 2009.
Dillon Concert Association, concert with the Sapphire Trio, November 17, 2008, Dillon, MT.
Columbia Basin College Foundation, Concert with the Sapphire Trio, March 1, 2008
Hamilton Performing Arts Series, Jeni Fleming Trio and the String Orchestra of the Rockies, December 15, 2006.
International Concert Committee Concert, May 17, 2006. Dharan, Saudi Arabia.
Camerata Musica, November 20, 2004 Richland, Washington Guest Artist 2004-2005 Series www.cameratamusica.com
Kootenai Heritage Council, Friday, April 23, 2004 Libby, Montana
Univ. of Montana, Faculty and Guest Artist Series April 25, 2004 Missoula, Montana
Eastern Washington Univ., Faculty and Guest Artist Series May 10, 2004 Cheney, Washington
Keller Hall Guest Artist Series, The University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico. March, 2001
University of Montana Faculty Artist Series 1998-2003
Professional Experience, Ensemble
Affetti Music Festival, violinist in chamber music and chamber orchestra. Anchorage, Alaska. August, 2010.
Concertmaster of the Montana Lyric Opera Orchestra, 2008-present
Artist Faculty, The Brevard Music Center, Brevard, North Carolina, summers 1998-2007
Violinist, The Sapphire Clarinet Trio, 1997-present
Violin 1, Flathead Festival Orchestra, Whitefish, Montana, summer 1995-1997.
Concertmaster, Missoula Symphony Orchestra, Missoula, Montana, 1992-present.
Violinist, The Montana Piano Trio, The University of Montana, Missoula, Montana, 1992-present.
Leader and Violinist, Concertmaster The String Orchestra of the Rockies, Missoula, Montana, 1992-present.
Violin 1, Corning Philharmonic Orchestra, Corning, New York, 1990-1992
Violinist for studio orchestra, Johnny Mathis Concert, Syracuse, New York, December, 1991.
Violin 1, Des Moines Symphony Orchestra, Des Moines, Iowa, 1988-1990.
Violin 1, Des Moines Brandenberg Ensemble, Des Moines, Iowa, 1988-1990.
Violin 1, Des Moines Metro Opera Orchestra, Indianola, Iowa, 1988 and 1989.
Solo recital. Sioux City Chamber Music Association, Sioux City, Iowa, November 1989.
Heidelberg Castle Festival Opera Orchestra, Heidelberg, West Germany, July- September 1989, July- September 1987, July- September 1986.
. Freelance Violinist for commercial work for radio and television, SOUND IDEAS, INC. Sioux City, Iowa, 1983.
Violin 1, Sioux City Symphony Orchestra. Sioux City, Iowa, 1980-1983
International Tours/ Performance and Teaching
The Sapphire Trio: Concert in Madrid, Spain. December 2013.
The Sapphire Trio: Concert in Assisi, Italy, International Clarinet Festival, Assisi, Italy. July 2013.
The Sapphire Trio in Palestine and Israel, Performed and taught in West Bank, Palestine and Israel, Golan Heights and the Galilee area. 2011, 2012.
Member of International String Jury for the Palestinian National Music Competition. Edward Said National Music Conservatory, Jerusalem. April 2010, and 2012.
The Sapphire Trio in Palestine and Israel, Performed concerts and taught in Jerusalem, Bethlehem, and Ramallah. April 2010.
The Sapphire Trio in Ireland, performed at the Bealtaine Festival in Limerick, and researched Irish trio music at the Contemporary Irish Music Center in Dublin. May 2008
“The Sapphire Trio: American Women in the Arts” tour to the Arabian Peninsula, Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait. US State department tour. May 11-23, 2006
The Sapphire Trio: International Clarinet Festival concert, July 20, 2005 Tama, Japan.
The Sapphire Trio: Kumamoto/Montana Sister State relationship concerts, July 23, 2005. Kumamoto Prefecture Hall, and Kumamoto Montana Club concert. Kumamoto, Japan.
The Sapphire Trio: Tour to Austria and Germany, May 2003. Concerts in Vienna area: Oberpullendorf, Wiener Neustadt, Hausleiten, and Neckargemund, Germany.
The Montana Piano Trio: Tour to Vienna and Neckargemund with The Montana Piano Trio, May 2000.
The Montana Piano Trio: Hochschule fur Musik Wien, and Stadtliche Musikschule, Neckargemund, Taught violin lessons and coached chamber music, May 2000.