Margaret Davis

Margaret D.

Sugar Land, TX
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About

Margaret delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
2016

Hi Friends,

Thanks for viewing my TakeLessons profile! I am a professional harpist with a Bachelor of Harp degree from Juilliard, and a Master of Music degree from the Yale School of Music. Since finishing school, I've worked as a harpist performing a range of genres in New York City, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Washington DC, New Jersey, Seattle, New Hampshire, and now, Texas. My training is in classical harp, but I spend a lot of time playing recording jazz and pop music as well. Being a versatile musician is important both for musical growth and development, and also for diverse career opportunities.

Teaching harp lessons is one of my favorite things; it's extremely rewarding to notice expansion in a student's skillset and practical knowledge. My harp teachers at Juilliard and Yale are very important to me, and I frequently relay their sentiments to my students. I always try to be aware of my students' interests and other activities/obligations, and tailor a lesson plan based on how much time they are able to devote to practicing, what repertoire would develop their technique and musical abilities, and, of course, what repertoire interests and appeals to them. I also discuss music theory and tips and tricks for orchestra, chamber music, and other performance opportunities at length in my lessons. I'm comfortable with concert, competition, and audition prep, and apply my experience in all of those areas.

Please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns. I look forward to speaking with you!

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Experience

Performance Experience
Jan 2011 - Present
Orchestral, Chamber, Choir, & Guest Recitals

Orchestral


The Yale Symphony Orchestra, New Haven, CT - 2019

The Lancaster Philharmonic, Lancaster, PA - 2018

Tower Theater with Hanson, Upper Darby, PA - 2018

The New Britain Symphony, New Britain, CT - 2018

The Yale Philharmonia, New Haven, CT - 2016 - 2018

The Queer Urban Orchestra of New York, NY - 2016

New York Youth Symphony, Carnegie Hall, NY - 2016

New York University Orchestra, New York, NY - 2016

The Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, Chautauqua, NY, - 2014

The Chautauqua Festival Orchestra, Chautauqua, NY - 2014

The New Juilliard Ensemble, New York, NY - 2013

The Juilliard Orchestra, New York, NY - 2012 - 2016

The Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Seattle, WA - 2012

The Seattle Philharmonic, Seattle, WA - 2012

The Seattle Rock Orchestra, Seattle, WA -2011



Chamber & Choir


Camila Meza Commission Concert, Jazz Gallery, NY - 2019

Ensemble Connect, Carnegie Hall, New York, NY - 2019

The American Chamber Orchestra, Fairfield, CT - 2019

The New Haven Chamber Orchestra, New Haven, CT - 2019

Barnard-Columbia Chorus and Chamber Choir, New York, NY - 2018
The City Singers of Hartford, Hartford, CT - 2018

The Kent Singers, Kent, CT - 2017



Guest Artist Recitals


Andaz Wall Street - 2019

The New York Athletic Club, New York, NY - 2019

The St Regis, New York, NY - 2019

The Yale Club, New York, NY - 2018

University of Scranton, Scranton, PA - 2018

Newtown Congregational Church, Newtown, CT - 2018

Seattle Tennis Club, Seattle, WA - 2015

Seattle Presbyterian Church, Seattle, WA - 2015

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Education

Master of Music
Sep 2016 - May 2018
Yale School of Music
Bachelor of Harp
Sep 2012 - May 2016
The Juilliard School

Photos & Videos

at The Delancey in New York City, 2019.

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Private Event at The Bourne Mansion in Oakdale, New York, 2019.

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From my graduation recital at The Yale School of Music, April, 2018.
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2 Reviews

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Holly Aug 6, 2019
Harp · In home

My 10 year old daughter studied with Margaret this year. Margaret is unfailingly patient and encouraging. She has a wealth of knowledge about music theory, and conveys the information in a way that makes it seem easy. She was great about tailoring the lessons to fit my daughter’s interests, strengths, and needs.

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Devin Aug 5, 2019
Harp · In home

I took harp lessons with Margaret for 3 years and would have continued if I hadn't relocated to a different city. Margaret helped me drastically improve my technique with etudes and advice. She is great at explaining what changes need to be made to achieve a more accurate technique, and her musical suggestions really changed the way I think about preparing pieces and took my performance skills to a new level. She's honest, clear, and really fun to work with. I always looked forward to our lessons because she has a way of making even tricky, difficult pieces fun to work on.

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