Margaret Ann Metcalf, String Bass

Where did you grow up?  Atlanta, GA.

Where do you currently live?  Portland, ME.

What instruments do you play?  String Bass.

Educational background:  Boston University, B. Mus.; University of Massachusetts/Boston, MS (CS); Alexander Schneider Christmas String Seminar (New York String Orchestra); Boston University Tanglewood Institute; Brevard Music Center; Eastern Music Festival.

How did you get started in music?  I began playing string bass as part of an Atlanta public schools string program.

What’s your favorite PSO memory to date?  Can’t list just one. Top 4 would be:  1. First Concert playing Mahler’s 4th Symphony with Bruce Hangen, 2. Bringing my Parents to Portland for “Magic” shortly before my father died,  3. 9/11 Memorial Concert and 4. Mahler Symphony No. 2 with Robert Moody.

What is the question you’re asked most often when you tell people you play with the PSO?  “How I feel about Robert Moody leaving and what do I think about the Conductor Candidates.”

Any non-musical hobbies?  Swimming, knitting, reading. I have swam Peaks to Portland (2.4 mi) four times and I have participated as a relay swimmer in a Tri For a Cure 5 times (twice with PSO violist Kim Lehman and once with both Kim and regular PSO sub Jill Fratianne)

What is your favorite music? What are you currently listening to?  I really do not like being asked what is my (one) favorite piece of music. It varies with my mood. Also, there is some music where my like / dislike is dependent on the quality of the performance. For example, I love Beethoven Symphonies but only if they are played well.

Contact Info for potential students: (e) margaret.metcalf at

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