Margaret Pardee

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Margaret Pardee
Born (1920-05-10) May 10, 1920 (age 94)
Valdosta, Georgia, U.S.
Residence New York City
Nationality American
Education Juilliard School
Occupation Violinist, teacher
Years active 1940s–2000s
Known for Teaching at Juilliard
Spouse(s) Daniel Butterly

Margaret Pardee (born May 10, 1920)[1] is an American violinist and violin teacher.

Life and career[edit]

Pardee grew up in Valdosta, Georgia. She graduated from the Juilliard School where she studied with Ivan Galamian, Sascha Jacobsen, Albert Spalding and Louis Persinger.[2]

After a brief solo career, Pardee started teaching in the 1940s. She taught at Juilliard for over 60 years.[2] She also taught at the Meadowmount School of Music summer programs.[3] She married Daniel Butterly. In addition to mentoring her students, she was a surrogate mother to many and housed one or two students at a time for many years. Throughout her career, she collected violins and violas. In her mid-eighties, she donated a set of 30 violins and violas to the Juilliard School, including a 1771 Guadagnini violin, a 1845 Gagliano violin, and a 1810 J.B. Ceruti half-size violin. Her former students perform in ensembles and orchestras throughout the country including the New York Philharmonic, the Saint Louis Symphony and others. In an interview she reveled in the success of her students and the fact that she still hears from them.[2]


  1. ^ The World Who's who of Women - Volume 13. Melrose Press. 1995. p. 62. ISBN 0948875127. 
  2. ^ a b c "A Life Devoted to Music and Students - and Fiddles!". Juilliard. Archived from the original on April 2, 2012. Retrieved May 5, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Meadowmount School of Music - Distinguished Meadowmount Alumni". Archived from the original on October 17, 2013. Retrieved May 8, 2014. 

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