Ms. Margaret Cerjan

Violin Teacher

Margaret Cerjan

SAA Member


Jamaica Plain, MA
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Nominated a “Citizen Musician” by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Maggie Cerjan has established herself as a committed and passionate educator over the past decade. Currently the director of the Junior Strings Intensive at Boston University Tanglewood Institute, Maggie is the founder and director of Stonybrook Strings, and a Resident Artist at The Conservatory Lab Charter School. 

Maggie has enjoyed a full and varied career as an educator-performer. After graduating from Northwestern University’s School of Music, Maggie joined the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, performing under renowned conductors including Riccardo Muti, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and Jaap van Zweden.

Maggie coached the Chicago Symphony Youth Orchestras and performed over 40 concerts a year at public schools and community centers as a teaching artist through the Chicago Symphony’s Institute for Learning Access and Training. As a founding member of the Chicago-based Élan String Quartet, Maggie was invited to perform at the Utah Symphony’s Emerging Quartets’ program, collaborated with the Chicago Symphony’s Institute and Chicago Young Authors to create beat poetry and classical music concerts with poets from Englewood High School, and performed the Schubert Cello Quintet with Yo-Yo Ma at the Chicago Symphony’s Citizen Musician Week.

Maggie moved to Boston to complete her Master of Music degree at Boston University with Peter Zazofsky and Bayla Kayes. During this time, she served as a faculty member at The Chestnut Hill School, Dana Hall School, in addition to maintaining a studio of talented private students and performing widely. Believing deeply that true musicianship is a holistic process that benefits from inspiration and collaboration, Maggie’s students have gained access to youth orchestra programs and summer festivals, created multi-subject performance art and digital music, explored the scientific principles of music, and incorporated mind-body practices into their playing.