2022 Colorado Music Educators Association Conference 2022 Colorado Music Educators Association Conference

Growing Your Viola Garden-From Seeds to Full Bloom!

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Broadmoor Hall C

Margaret Miller
Senior Instructor, Viola and Chamber Music

Violist Margaret Miller enjoys a varied career as a teacher and performer. She is currently on the faculty of the School of Music at Colorado State University, a position she has held since 2004. In the years since joining the faculty at CSU, the viola studio has grown to include students from throughout the US, as well as Mexico and China. A native of Detroit, Ms. Miller received her Bachelor of Music degree from Indiana University and a Master of Music degree with a Certificate from the Institute for Chamber Music at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Prior to joining the faculty at Colorado State University, Ms. Miller was violist of the Colorado-based Da Vinci Quartet for eighteen years. During that time, the Quartet toured throughout the United States and was in residence at Colorado College and the University of Denver. Known for its adventurous programming, the Quartet created Heartstrings, an outreach program that visited many underserved communities, and was featured on a segment of the PBS NewsHour. As a performer and master class clinician, Ms. Miller has appeared at Kansas State University, the University of New Mexico, Montana State University, the University of Missouri, Arizona State University, the University of Arizona, and the University of Nevada Reno. She has also presented at the Colorado Music Educators conference, the Colorado Chapter of the American String Teachers Association, and the Wyoming Music Educators Association. She has been on the faculty of the LEAP Institute for the Arts at CSU. Ms. Miller is dedicated to helping students succeed in their musical endeavors through mentoring and workshops.


It takes careful nurturing of your viola "seeds" but the rewards of a thriving viola section in all of your ensembles is worth the watering, pruning and reseeding. This session will give directors and teachers strategies for growing a great viola garden, from beginners through high school.