Margaret Quackenbush, 2013 Distinguished Alumna in Music

Margaret "Peggy" Quackenbush came to the University of Oregon following the receipt of her BA in Music from the University of Minnesota, Morris. Here at the UO she earned the MA in Music History in 1976. She then went on to complete the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Performance and Literature (clarinet) from the Eastman School of Music, where she was a student of D. Stanley Hasty.

A native of rural Minnesota, Peggy has lived and worked in Rochester, New York since 1979. Her interests in performance, teaching, and building musical community have been centered at the Hochstein School of Music & Dance, where she has been President and Executive Director since 1992. In previous years she served the Hochstein School in the positions of Interim Director, Assistant Executive Director, and Registrar/Dean of Students, and as a member of the clarinet faculty. Under her leadership, the school’s programs have expanded substantially, building on Hochstein’s history of bringing excellent instruction in music, dance, and music therapy to a diverse student body in western New York, and the Hochstein Performance Hall, renovated in 1999, has become Rochester’s premiere mid-sized concert hall.

An active clarinetist, Dr. Quackenbush is a founding member of Antara Winds, a woodwind quintet that has performed for the Eastman School of Music’s Music and Globalization Symposium and Chamber Music Rochester. The ensemble performs frequently on “Live from Hochstein”, broadcast on NPR affiliate WXXI-FM. Dr. Quackenbush also performs frequently with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Chamber Music Rochester, Rochester Oratorio Society, and Rochester Lyric Opera. During her years in Eugene, she performed with the Eugene Symphony, Eugene Opera, and Oregon Bach Festival, and as a member of the University of Oregon Faculty Woodwind Quintet.

Dr. Quackenbush’s teaching career has included positions at Roberts Wesleyan College and Lane Community College, in addition to the Hochstein School, where she has taught clarinet and chamber music. Her students have won positions in local, regional, and national honors ensembles, and have pursued undergraduate and graduate studies at the Eastman School of Music, Manhattan School of Music, Indiana University, Yale University, and Oberlin College, among others. 

Dr. Quackenbush work has received numerous awards and recognitions, including the Richard Snook Award from the Monroe County Music Educators Association, the Milestone Certificate of Appreciation from the National Guild for Community Arts Education, Musician of the Year from Mu Phi Epsilon’s Rochester Alumni Chapter, and the Rochester Philharmonic’s Special Award for Outstanding Music Educators.

She has served on the boards of the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts and the National Association of Schools of Music, and currently serves on the Accrediting Commission for Precollegiate and Community Arts Schools. She is a founding board member for the Eugenio Maria de Hostos Charter School in Rochester, New York, and in 2007 joined the board of the Penfield Music Commission Project.