Maggie Niekamp

Violin Teacher

Maggie Niekamp


Cincinnati, OH
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Maggie Niekamp, violinist, is a second year Masters student at the Cincinnati College—Conservatory of Music, where she studies with Timothy Lees. Maggie is a recent graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music , where she earned a BM degree in Violin Performance (May 2019). While at CIM, Maggie studied with Brian Lewis and principal second violinist of The Cleveland Orchestra, Stephen Rose. Maggie started playing the violin at the age of four.  Her former teachers include Francesca Chase, Marlene Moses, and Amy Barlowe.

Maggie has performed in solo masterclasses for Almita Vamos, Ilya Kaler, and for various members of the Cleveland Orchestra, including Sonja Braaten-Molloy and Lembi Veskimets. She has also performed in chamber music masterclasses for former Cleveland Quartet member, Peter Salaff.

Maggie’s summer music experiences in the last five years include the Meadowmount School of Music (2016), traveling on tour with the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra to China (Summer 2015),
and the Chautauqua Music School Festival Orchestra (2017, 2018). Maggie most recently spent the summer in Breckenridge, Colorado, where she served as a member of the National Repertory Orchestra (2019).

​ Interested in teaching, Maggie has gained teaching experience through the Cleveland Institute of Music’s preparatory department, where she assisted with the preparatory orchestras for two years—leading sectionals and assisting the students with their music. Maggie is a registered Suzuki Teacher through Suzuki Violin Books one-four. Maggie took two semesters of Suzuki Pedagogy at the Cleveland Institute of Music, under the tutelage of registered Suzuki Association of the Americas teacher trainer, Kimberly Meier-Sims. Maggie served as violin faculty at Miss Shannon’s music studio in Batesville, Indiana for her first semester at the Cincinnati—College Conservatory of Music in Fall 2019.

An avid orchestral musician, Maggie currently holds the position of section violin with the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra. She frequently subs with the Dayton Philharmonic and the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra.