Margo Ames

  • B.M., music education, Lawrence University, 1980
  • M.M., violin performance, Florida State University, 1983

"As a student, I was very fortunate to have excellent teachers in my life including my parents. I owe a great debt to all those who came before me that took the job of teaching as an honor and a way of life. As a teacher, I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to share what I have learned with my students and am also aware of how much I learn from them every day. The subject matter I teach is music but the real lessons are often between the notes."

Margo Ames | Performing arts professor

Awards, recognition and honors

Violinist with the Boston Symphony Hawthorne String Quartet; Sigma Alpha Iota Award for Excellence in Teaching; Performances as violinist with artists including Itzak Perlman, Joshua Bell, Eugenia Zuckerman, Ruth Laredo, JoAnn Falletta, Ray Charles, Dave Brubeck, Rachael Barton Pine, Midori, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and Yo Yo Ma


American Composers Forum, The International Alliance of Women in Music, Sigma Alpha Iota, Georgia Music Educators Association, National String Teachers Association

Previous Positions

Orchestral violinist with Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Savannah Symphony Orchestra, Spoleto Music Festival Orchestra, Brevard Summer Music Festival, Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra and Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra; chamber musician member of Magnolia String Quartet, Steamboat Springs Chamber Players and Aspen Music Festival; studio musician, Sweet Bay Studios; freelance violinist; private violin studio instructor; string clinician; composer and arranger; chair of liberal arts department, SCAD; program author and coordinator of music composition minor and vocal performance minor, SCAD; concert producer, SCAD

Publications and presentations


  • Sabbatical research trips and public lectures: "Music of the Roma People-Budapest, Music of Spain-Andalusia" and "Mozart and his Musical Travels-Salzburg, Vienna and Prague"; pre-concert lecturer, "Words on Music Series," Savannah Symphony


  • Producer of SCAD concerts including the SCAD Chamber Music Series: "Music to Paint By," A Night of Electric String Quartet," "Stark Raven at SCAD," "Renaissance Fair," "L'Histoire du Soldat" and numerous student performance venues