Margaret Eklund Klucznik (Oberlin Conservatory '18) grew up listening to classical music and began playing viola at the age of seven. In 2013 and 2014, she went on tour with the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO-USA) to Washington D.C., Moscow, St. Petersburg, London, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Tanglewood, and Carnegie Hall. She has played in orchestras behind soloists Joshua Bell, Gil Shaham, and Stanislav Ioudenitch and under the varied batons of Valery Gergiev, David Robertson, David Alan Miller, Hans Graf, Carl St. Clair, Tim Weiss, Charles Peltz, and Raphael Jiménez; she has also studied conducting with Maestros Peltz and Jiménez. Margaret has received coachings from Joan Tower, Sean Shepherd, and Harold Meltzer on their own music, played in masterclasses for Heidi Castleman, Brett Deubner, and Victoria Chiang, and been coached by Carrie Dennis and Beth Guterman Chu in orchestral playing and by the Borromeo String Quartet, Merry Peckham, Toby Blumenthal, Danielle Belen, Catharina Meints, Gregory Fulkerson, and Marilyn McDonald in chamber music. She previously studied viola with Steve Larson at the Hartt School Community Division, and she currently studies with Peter Slowik at Oberlin Conservatory, where she was a finalist in the 2017-2018 Senior Concerto Competition and is now a student in the Artist Diploma program. She arrives as an apprentice at the National Arts Center Orchestra days after playing with the Oberlin Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. Margaret plans to pursue a career as an orchestral musician and conductor.