Dr. Margaret Perry is a lecturer in piano at the University of the Pacific's Conservatory of Music in Stockton, California. She is the coordinator of the group piano program and teaches group piano, piano pedagogy, and aural perceptions. She also works with the opera department as an accompanist and coach. Margaret attended Brigham Young University and received a B.M., cum laude, in piano performance and pedagogy and M.M. in piano performance. She completed a D.M.A. in piano performance at the University of Arizona. She was a student of Margaret Garner, Paul Pollei, and Rex Woods.
Margaret has performed throughout the United States and Italy as a soloist and collaborative pianist. Before joining the Conservatory faculty at UOP, Margaret was the Ensemble Artist Pianist for the Utah Symphony and Opera. From 2002-2004, she performed with the ensemble artists throughout the state of Utah and in Nevada and Wyoming to bring opera into the schools and communities. She was also one of the accompanists for the Studio Artists touring productions of Don Pasquale and La Cenerentola in Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming. In addition, Margaret had opportunities to be an accompanist for the Utah Opera Chorus and the Utah Symphony Chorus and to work with conductors such as Anton Coppola, Kirk Muspratt, Deuane Kuenzi, and Susanne Sheston.
In 2002, Margaret was the first place winner of the Green Valley Concert Association Piano Competition and also received the Audience Award. As a Medici Scholars Award Recipient in 1999 and 2000, she participated in the Amalfi Coast Music Festival in Vietri sul Mare, Italy and the Corsi Internazionali di Musica in Urbino, Italy. She also did research for her dissertation on the piano music of Italian composers Alfredo Casella and Gian Francesco Malipiero. She has performed in master classes for distinguished pianists that include Renato Premezzi, Louis Nagel, Thomas Mastroianni, and Dalton Baldwin.
Margaret is involved in numerous collaborative projects with colleagues and within the community. She has been a pianist for the Stockton Opera Association, Stockton Civic Theatre, and Stockton Chorale. During the 2007 Brubeck Festival, she performed with Kevin Deas (bass), recipient of the 2006 Brubeck Institute Award for Distinguished Achievement.
Margaret is a member of Mu Phi Epsilon, Pi Kappa Lambda, Phi Kappa Phi, Music Teachers National Association, and College Music Society.
Conservatory of Music
University of the Pacific
3601 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, CA 95211