Alison Margaret Solo Pianist
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Alison Margaret’s career as a classical pianist was launched in 1990 when she was hired as a church organist at the age of 12. She began studying the piano at a very young age due to the influence of her parents. She performed in numerous competitions and recitals during her adolescent years. While in high school Ms. Margaret studied with Ian Nie at Beloit College in Beloit, Wisconsin. One of the many competitions she entered was the annual Chandler Starr Miller Scholarship Competition held at the Mendelssohn Club in Rockford, Illinois. She was honored to win second place and first place in two consecutive years.

Originally Ms. Margaret planned to attend St. Norbert College on scholarship as a piano performance major. However, after developing quite the love for jazz and singing, Ms. Margaret chose to move to Chicago and attend Columbia College as a vocal jazz major. Soon she began singing weekly at jazz clubs, restaurants and coffee shops. Her dedication to her career as a jazz singer led her to having the opportunity to sing with the Chicago Jazz Ensemble directed by the late-great William Russo. Though her profession was heavy in the jazz scene she continued her piano instruction with Professor Sebastian Huydts at Columbia.

Ms. Margaret moved to Madison, Wisconsin in the spring of 2004 after accepting a position as a voice and piano instructor at mid-west's leading music store, Ward-Brodt Music Mall. Ms. Margaret applied to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and was admitted to the collaborative piano graduate program (though unable to attend).

Currently, Ms. Margaret (and the A.M. Jazz Quintet) are recording their debut jazz record with renowned jazz pianist/composer - Laurence Hobgood, and tenor saxophonist - Pat Mallenger. Ms. Margaret is excited to now be the Director of Education at Ward-Brodt and enjoys performing around the Madison area as a solo pianist.