May 9th - 14th, 2021

Dr. Margaret Baldridge - Strings

Margaret Baldridge Violin Adjudicator 2020
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.

Currently in its 21st year, 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 in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, 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 third prize and have been competitors at the National and Divisional MTNA Solo string competitions. 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 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.

Important News!

Registration for Musicfest Northwest 2021 HAS BEEN SUSPENDED! New Masterclass Series Announced.

Masterclass Series 2021


Masterclass Series May 10-14, 2021 – Please see schedules for more information

Location Information

All master classes will be held at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox except the piano division which will be held at Steinway of Spokane in the Recital Room.


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