Baldridge, Margaret Nichols
Dr. Margaret Nichols Baldridge combines an active teaching schedule with a varied performance calendar. The violin and viola professor at the University of Montana since 1992, she is a sought after teacher, performer and adjudicator across the state and the Northwest region. From 1998 to 2007, Dr. Baldridge was Artist Faculty at the internationally acclaimed Brevard Music Center Festival in Brevard, North Carolina. Recently Dr. Baldridge has given clinics and master classes in Jerusalem, Ramallah, Bethlehem, Montana, Washington, Idaho, Ohio, South and North Carolina, Arizona and New Mexico. As a dedicated teacher and proponent of string teaching Dr. Baldridge has served as the Montana State ASTA President and as a reviewer for the ASTA journal and the Guide to Teaching Strings 7th Ed.
Her diverse performance activities include concerts, master classes and tours with The Sapphire Trio around the United States and abroad. In April 2010, the Sapphire Trio was invited to Jerusalem to judge the Palestine National Music Competition. While there, the trio performed and gave master classes in Jerusalem, Bethlehem Ramallah. During the Spring of 2011 The Sapphire Trio was again invited to Palestine to give concerts and Master classes as part of the Edward Said conservatory’s Spring Festival. The trio performed concerts in the Golan Heights, the Galilee area, in addition to Bethlehem and Ramallah. The trio is scheduled to return to Jerusalem in spring of 2012 to judge the Palestinian National Music Competition. The Other recent engagements with the Sapphire Trio include a seven state US tour and concerts in Ireland. During May of 2006, the Sapphire Trio were Cultural Ambassadors for the State Department Funded tour of Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait where the trio performed concerts at Embassies, schools and for the Kuwait International Music Festival. The Sapphire trio has performed concerts and master classes in Austria, Germany, and Japan and concerts at national conventions of ASTA, MTNA, AAMC, and at The Mayo Clinic. In August 2010, Dr. Baldridge performed and taught at the Affetti Festival in Anchorage, Alaska. Other professional performing activities consist of performances, as Leader of The String Orchestra of the Rockies and as concertmaster of The Missoula Symphony, and concerts and tours with the Montana Piano Trio, the resident trio at The University of Montana. Her performances with these groups have been aired on Public Radio and on 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. Her teachers include Catherine Tait, Gerardo Ribiero, and Charles Castleman.
Previously, Dr. Baldridge performed in orchestras and chamber music groups in the Heidelberg Castle Festival, Germany; The Des Moines Metro Opera Festival, Iowa; and the Flathead Festival, Montana.