Originally from Holland, Michigan, Margaret is a summa cum laude graduate of the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music, with degrees in Music Education and Vocal Performance. Her teaching and performing career has taken her from Freiburg, Germany to Eagan, Minnesota and to Waukesha, Wisconsin, where she taught at Butler Middle School and later at North High School. While at Butler, Margaret created the Bridge Ensemble, an innovative choir which gained attention for its unique approach of pairing gifted and talented students with cognitively disabled students. The Bridge Ensemble appeared by invitation at the January 2001 Wisconsin Choral Directors State Convention, in a moving and memorable performance.
Margaret has performed extensively as soprano soloist in such works as the Bach Magnificat, Haydn’s Creation, and Handel’s Messiah. Presently, she designs and teaches the Introductory Choir programs of the Madison Youth Choirs, Tallis (for boys) and Colla Voce (for girls). Margaret’s idea of a choir for boys before, during, and after voice change led to the founding of Holst, and has resulted in invitations to work with other boychoirs. In 2010, Margaret led the first ACDA Central Division Young Men’s Honor Choir in Cincinnatti, along with colleague Randy Swiggum. She and Randy also were invited to conduct the APAC Choral Festival in Seoul, Korea in 2009, and work with music teachers from across southeast Asia in a two-day conference focused on comprehensive musicianship.
Margaret serves as the WCDA Boychoir Repertoire & Standards Chairperson and especially enjoys the challenge of finding unexplored choral works for elementary and middle school boys. As a member of the Wisconsin CMP (Comprehensive Musicianship through Performance) Team, she helps teach a summer institute for teachers in Wisconsin and Iowa, focusing on a deeper rehearsal experience for young musicians. Since 2004, she has lived in Madison with her husband Andy, and their own lively boys, Nathaniel and Simon, who are planning to sing in the boychoirs until they are old enough to direct them. She loves to read, cook without recipes, and create scavenger hunt clues for boys.