DMA, University of Santa Barbara
MM, University of Missouri, Kansas City
BM, University of Evansville
Ensemble for These Times
What is your hometown?
Who were your major teachers? (List three or fewer.)
What question do you wish students would ask sooner rather than later?
How can I practice more efficiently?
If you weren't a musician or teacher, what do you think you would be doing now?
I'd be a personal assistant.
Pianist Margaret Halbig is in high demand as a collaborative artist in both the instrumental and vocal fields. She is currently Principal Vocal Coach at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she also frequently collaborates with faculty and student instrumentalists.
In 2023, Margaret was appointed Collaborative Piano Coordinator of Interlochen Arts Camp where she has coordinated vocal, instrumental, and dance pianists, taught both solo and collaborative piano, as well as played with students in competitions, masterclasses, and lessons.
An advocate of new and contemporary music, Margaret is the pianist for Ninth Planet, a San Francisco-based new music collective where she also serves on the board. In 2020, Margaret became the primary pianist for Ensemble For These Times, a group that focuses on 20 th and 21 st century music that resonates with today yet speaks to tomorrow. She is also a member of Frequency 49, a wind and piano sextet, which performs all over the Bay Area.
Margaret has been the pianist for Young Women’s Chorus of San Francisco since 2014, performing, recording, and touring with them. Margaret earned her DMA from the University of California Santa Barbara under the tutelage of Robert Koenig and also holds performance degrees from the University of Missouri, Kansas City Conservatory and University of Evansville, Indiana.