Margaret currently teaches choral, general music and theater at Velma Hamilton Middle School in Madison Metropolitan School District. Since 2012, Margaret has been a regular presenter for Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, working with the Music Educator Workshops, Link Up, Play USA and most recently, Musical Explorers. Margaret is a frequent guest conductor for state and regional honor choirs and has directed choirs and led teacher workshops across the US, in Europe, and Southeast Asia.
Margaret is the chair of the Wisconsin Comprehensive Musicianship (CMP) Project and is committed to raising the bar for music education, both in her teaching of K-12 students and in her work mentoring and training teachers. Using strategies that promote critical thinking and self-reflection, and empowering students to see themselves as capable learners, listeners and creators are some of the ways Margaret strives to use her role as a music educator to create a more equitable society.
Madison Symphony Orchestra named Margaret its first “Music Educator of the Year” in 2014 and in 2019 and 2021 she participated in the Yale Music Symposium, where she received the Yale University “Distinguished Music Educator” award.
When not teaching she loves to visit with her (MYC Alum) sons, who go to college in places that are fun to hike, bike and explore. Tallis, her Great Pyrenees that is named after the first MYC choir she conducted, is a huge choral music lover and unofficial MYC mascot.