Margaux M. Pisula
Viola, Violin Teacher
Margaux Matz Pisula began her musical career through Suzuki violin lessons at the age of 9. For 13 years, she performed primarily as a violinist and went on to earn her Bachelor’s in Violin Performance at Duquesne University. In 2007, she started dabbling with a viola that was given to her as a early Christmas gift from her parents. After hearing several teachers and colleagues suggest to her that the viola become her primary instrument, she made the decision to switch in the last year of her undergraduate studies, and went on to pursue a Master’s in Viola Performance at her alma mater. Margaux has studied primarily with Pittsburgh Symphony violist Marylene Gingras-Roy and additionally with Mary Persin, Paul Silver, Erika Eckert, and Matthew Daline.
Since August 2015, Margaux has held the position of Suzuki Violin/Viola instructor within the Greenville Independent School District’s Suzuki Program in Greenville, TX. Prior to this, she was on the faculty of the Pittsburgh Music Academy in Carnegie, PA, where she taught 15 students every week and began her studies as a Suzuki student many years before. She also taught briefly through Hope Academy of Music and the Arts, Lyons Guitar & String, and at the Greater Pittsburgh Suzuki Institute. Notable Suzuki Pedagogues that Margaux has studied with include Sonja Zeithamel, Marilyn O’Boyle, Roger Stieg, Ronda Cole, William Preucil, Sr., and Dr. Julia Hardie. She holds strongly to the beliefs of the Suzuki Method and Philosophy not only in terms of creating beautiful, kind-hearted people through playing the violin/viola, but also in shaping the world to become a better place for everyone.
In addition to her teaching, Margaux also maintains a rewarding musical career as a freelance musician. She has regularly performed with the Youngstown and Huntington Symphonies and as a substitute member with the Washington, Westmoreland, Johnstown, Wheeling, and Altoona Symphonies, the Erie Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Orchestra, Pittsburgh’s Music on the Edge, and the Allegheny City Ragtime Orchestra. During her time at Duquesne, she had the privilege of working under conductors Jeffrey Turner and the late Sidney Harth. Margaux has also performed in the Brevard Music Festival (NC), Meadowmount (NY), the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival (VT), and the Interharmony International Music Festival (Italy).
Margaux is happily married to her sweet husband and trombonist Aaron Pisula. They reside with their sweet, but mischievious, green eclectus parrot, Jasper. Apart from her love of music, Margaux also loves shopping, cooking, being crafty and creative, exploring new places, teaching new tricks to Jasper, and, most importantly, spending time with family and friends.