Margaret Albrecht is an active performer and teacher throughout Michigan and Ohio, having performed most recently with Southwest Michigan Symphony, Lima Symphony, Adrian Symphony and Rochester Symphony. She also maintains status on the substitute musician rosters with Ann Arbor Symphony, Midland Symphony, Lima Symphony, Saginaw Bay Symphony, West Michigan Symphony, Battle Creek Symphony, Dearborn Symphony and Rochester Symphony. Margaret has earned two degrees from the University of Michigan in Clarinet Performance, A Specialist Degree (earned 2017) and a Masters Degree (earned 2015). She also earned her Bachelors degree in clarinet performance from Western Michigan University. Within the University of Michigan community, she has performed with the University Symphony Orchestra, University Philharmonic Orchestra, the Contemporary Directions Ensemble, the University Symphony Band, the University Concert Band and various chamber ensembles including a clarinet, piano, violin and cello quartet, clarinet piano and cello trios, clarinet piano and violin trios and clarinet, bassoon and piano trios. Within the Western Michigan University community She has performed with the University Symphony Orchestra, the University Symphony Band, the Birds on a Wire new music ensemble, the university Opera productions of Copland’s Tenderland, and Roger and Hammerstein’s Carousel, and a wide range of chamber music including, clarinet quintet, clarinet quartet, reed trios, and clarinet, piano and horn trios. Within the Metro Detroit community I have performed with the Rochester Symphony Orchestra, Opera MODO’s 2016 production of Carmen, and the University of Michigan’s Gilbert and Sullivan Society. On an international level, I have performed with OperaMaya’s International Music Festival and was a finalist in the International Clarinet Association’s Orchestral Competition in 2017.
Margaret has been teaching privately in the greater Ann Arbor area for the past five years. Before her time in Ann Arbor, she worked with middle and high school students in the Kalamazoo and Sturgis districts, gaining experience in one on one lesson instruction, group lesson instruction, master-class/clinic work, and high school chamber music coaching. Her goals as an instructor are for her students to gain independence of thought and expression while developing a lifelong passion for music. Lessons will be focused on critical thinking, problem solving, discipline, and creative expression. Main topics covered in lessons will include development of technical prowess, cultivation of expression and musicality, and exploration of theoretical/historical knowledge surrounding the music worked on.
Students that have employed these skills have been successful in many areas of their musical, academic and personal lives including achieving first chair positions in their band programs, participating in Michigan Youth Orchestra, earning first division ratings at Solo and Ensemble, earning scholarships for attendance at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, etc.