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Lamont School of Music

Lamont Summer Academy


Margaret Pressley

Over the past 40 years, Margaret Pressley has served as one of the country's foremost instructors of pre-college musicians. Ms. Pressley established the Pressley Violin Studio and founded the Seattle Conservatory of Music, the first of its kind in the Pacific Northwest. For her exceptional support, inspiration, and outstanding contributions toward the growth and development of music education, Ms. Pressley has received numerous honors, including a Music Teachers National Association's National Fellow Award, a Washington State Outstanding Studio Teacher of the Year Award (American String Teacher Association), a prestigious Dorothy Richard Starling Violin Foundation Grant, and induction into the Washington State Music Teacher Association Hall of Fame. Conservatory and Studio alumni have been accepted into every major collegiate music school in the country and currently work as chamber musicians, orchestral players, international soloists, professors of violin, and free-lance musicians across the United States and Europe. Ms. Pressley has served as Scholar-in-Residence at the University of Colorado Boulder, Lecturer at Western Washington University, and Adjunct Professor at Seattle Pacific University. She has also served as a Master Teacher at Indiana University's Summer String Academy, the Heifetz Institute, Schlern International Music Festival in Italy, the Nationalla Ungdomssymfoniorchestern in Stockholm, Sweden, and the New Conservatory of Dallas Music in the Mountains Music Festival. Ms. Pressley has led master classes and clinics in state and national conferences and has served on regional and national advisory panels. Currently she resides in Colorado Springs, CO.