of Margaret Carey


Margaret Carey began her musical studies at the age of four, studying the violin, piano and voice before beginning studies on the viola. She is a Doctor of Music graduate (2014) from the Université de Montréal with Jutta Puchhammer-Sédillot, and has obtained her Artist Diploma (2008) and MM degree (2007) at the Yale School of Music with Professor Jesse Levine. Before this, she completed a Diploma at the Vancouver Academy of Music, S.K. Lee College with Gerald Stanick (2002) and then went on to complete a Double Degree at Oberlin College and Conservatory (2005) in Viola Performance (BFA) with Roger Chase and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature (BA).


Soloist and Teacher

Margaret has worked in several reputable orchestras in North and South America, Europe and Japan. She also has extensive chamber music experience, performing with established groups. She also has more than fifteen years of experience teaching students of various ages and abilities. She has been an authorized teacher in the Montreal Academy of Music from 2011-14 as well as a private instructor, and feels comfortable to teach in English, French and German. She is also rapidly becoming known both as a violinist, violist, choral singer (alto, soprano) and soloist (soprano) of excellent quality.


In January, 2020, the Canadian Music Centre Centrediscs label released her album, “Rose Petals,” and it has been nominated for a Western Canadian Music Award. According to the 2020 American Record Guide, Margaret Carey lends her artistry both on viola and with her voice; her album “Rose Petals” proves her to be the type of multifaceted musician who can tackle any challenge with aplomb and grace. She plans to complete another album in 2021 with her pianist, Roger Admiral, so stay tuned!


International Guest Performer

Margaret has also been a guest artist at various festivals in Europe, Japan and North America and has participated in some well-known festivals such as the Verbier Festival in Switzerland, Centre Orford in Québec, the Sommerakademie Mozarteum in Austria (Scholarship from the Johann Strauss Foundation), the Schleswig Holstein Music Festival in Germany and the Banff Centre in Canada to name a few.


Competition Winner

Margaret has attended Competitions, Congresses and Festivals and has won numerous awards. She was a winner of the Yale Woolsey Hall Concerto Competition, performing the Bartok Viola Concerto with the Yale Philharmonia Orchestra in 2009 with maestro Peter Oundjian. She was also a first prize winner of the 2010 Alexander & Buono International String Competition in 2010, Yale’s Georgina Lucy Grosvenor Memorial prize 2007: “most likely to be successful as a soloist/ chamber musician,” the Canadian Music Competition (CMC) at the 2006 International Viola Congress in Montreal, the Grand prize winner of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Young Artists Series Competition 2001-2002; the youngest competitor to win the CBC Debut Series Competition 2001-2002, and a recipient of two Alberta Foundation for the Arts grants for research purposes and a Canada Council for the Arts Individual Artist Grant.

Yale Article – First Prize Winner
Yale Article – Performance With Peter Oundjian




Margaret Carey a commencé ses études musicales à l’âge de quatre ans, avec les études du violon, piano et voix avant de commencer l’alto. Elle a fait les études de DMus (2011-2014) à l’Université de Montréal avec Jutta Puchhammer-Sédillot. Elle a obtenu son diplôme d’artiste (2008) et le degré MM (2007) à la Yale School of Music avec le professeur Jesse Levine. D’autres professeurs avec qui elle a étudié sont Bruno Giuranna, Roger Chase, Gerald Stanick et Nick Pulos.

Elle a travaillé comme alto solo dans quelques orchestres de renom en amerique du nord et sud, Europe et en asie. Dans la région de Montréal, elle a joué régulièrement comme alto solo dans plusieurs ensembles, et est membre de quelques ensembles de chambre.

Margaret a fait de nombreuses compétitions, congrès et festivals et a gagné plusieurs prix. Elle a été lauréate du Yale Woolsey Hall Concerto Competition, et a joué le Bartok Concerto pour alto avec l’Orchestre Philharmonia de Yale le 23 Janvier 2009 avec Peter Oundjian. Elle a également été lauréate du premier prix dans le 2010 Alexander et Buono International String Competition, l’université de Yale: Georgina Lucy Grosvenor Memorial prize 2007: “the violist the most likely to be successful as a soloist/ chamber musician,” le concours de CMC au congrès international d’alto 2006 à Montréal. Elle a gagner le grand prix pour le VSO Young Artists Series Competition 2001-2002, elle était le plus jeune gagnante du concours CBC Debut Series Vancouver 2001-2002, et elle a récu quelques bourses pour les artistes indépendants et professionnels pour les projets de recherche.

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