Baldridge, Margaret Nichols
Dr. Margaret Nichols Baldridge combines an extensive and diverse performance calendar with an active teaching schedule. Dr. Baldridge’s diverse performances include concerts, master classes, festivals, and tours with The Sapphire Trio around the United States and abroad. This past year, The Sapphire Trio performed in Assisi, Italy and in Madrid, Spain. In April 2012 Dr. Baldridge and The Sapphire Trio returned to the West Bank of Palestine to again judge the Palestinian National Music Competition, having first judged the competition in 2010. While there in 2012 the Trio performed and gave master classes in Jerusalem, Bethlehem, and Ramallah. During the spring of 2011 The Sapphire Trio gave concerts and master classes as part of Palestine’s Edward Said Conservatory Spring Festival in The Golan Heights and other parts of Israel and Palestine. Additional recent engagements with The Sapphire Trio included a seven-state US tour, concerts in Ireland, Austria, Germany, and Japan, 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 in Poland, Portugal, Paris and Spain.
From 1998 to 2007 Dr. Baldridge was Artist Faculty at the internationally acclaimed Brevard Music Center Festival in Brevard, North Carolina. Other festivals include the Affetti Festival in Anchorage, Alaska and the Park City Beethoven Festival.
Dr. Baldridge also performs as leader of The String Orchestra of the Rockies, as concertmaster of The Missoula Symphony, and as violinist in The Montana Piano Trio, the resident trio at The University of Montana. Her performances with these groups have aired on Montana Public Radio and on two String Orchestra of the Rockies CD recordings: Under the Northern Sky and We’ll Be Together Again with the Jeni Fleming Trio.
The violin and viola professor at The University of Montana since 1992, Dr. Baldridge is also a sought after teacher and adjudicator across the state and the Northwest region. Recently Dr. Baldridge taught clinics and master classes in Jerusalem, Ramallah, Bethlehem, Montana, Washington, Idaho, Alaska, Ohio, South and North Carolina, Arizona, and New Mexico. As a dedicated teacher and proponent of string teaching Dr. Baldridge served as the Montana State ASTA President and as a reviewer for the ASTA journal and the Guide to Teaching Strings 7thEd. She is also on the MTNA One for All committee.
Dr. Baldridge holds DMA and BM degrees from The Eastman School of Music and an MM degree from Northwestern University. Her teachers included Catherine Tait, Gerardo Ribiero, and Charles Castleman.