Priscilla Hallberg

Host of Amarillo Symphony Presents

Priscilla has appeared as a soloist and orchestral musician throughout the US, Canada, and in Europe and Asia. A member of the Boston Pops-Esplanade Orchestra for 27 years, Priscilla worked extensively, with conductors Arthur Fiedler, John Williams and Keith Lockhart, performing in Japan and Korea and making twenty US tours. She has been Concertmaster of the Washington-Idaho Symphony, Co-Associate Concertmaster of the Sioux City Symphony, Concertmaster of the Boston Civic Symphony, and a Principal in the Midland/Odessa Symphony Orchestra and String Quartet. She has held full-time faculty positions teaching strings and conducting orchestras at Garden City Community College, Kansas; Central College in Pella, Iowa; Murray State University in Kentucky; Washington State University and Medicine Hat College Conservatory, in Alberta, Canada.

Dr. Priscilla Hallberg is the Founder, Executive Director and Lead Teacher of the String Academy of the Plains, now in its tenth year in Southwestern Kansas. A non-profit institution, last year the Academy gave out over $5,000 in scholarships to those talented individuals who could not afford to pay the full cost of study. The Academy maintains studios in three communities, and operates both youth and adult string ensembles. The String Academy’s concert series, Strings and Friends, brings in five string artists or groups per year, who both perform on the series and conduct masterclasses and residencies in the area. As part of her outreach, Priscilla Hallberg, has performed as a violin soloist for several thousand school children across Kansas. She and the String Academy have been awarded grants from the Finnup Foundation, the Kansas Arts Commission, the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission, the Western Kansas Community Foundation, and the city of Garden City. Priscilla is currently listed on the touring rosters of the Mid-America Arts Alliance and the Iowa Arts Council.

The recipient of a doctorate in violin performance (DMA) from Rutgers University, Dr. Hallberg holds additional degrees from the University of Iowa (BM) and Boston University (MM), and attended Indiana University and the Juilliard School. Among Priscilla’s former students is a member of the Hartford Symphony; a principal of the Roanoke, Virginia Symphony; a teacher in the Hartt Conservatory Preparatory Department; several Boston freelancers; and graduates of Yale, Hartt Conservatory, Princeton, Brandeis, and New England Conservatory. Her former Kansas students have won scholarships to the University of Kansas, Wichita State University, Haverford College in Philadelphia, Central Baptist Seminary in Milwaukee, and Heartland Baptist College in Oklahoma City.

Among her teachers are Joseph Silverstein, Josef Gingold, Ivan Galamian, Dorothy DeLay and Michael Tree. She has expertise in Dounis techniques from graduate study with George Neikrug, Professor Emeritus at Boston University, and she also draws on her knowledge of Feldenkrais movement therapy in her teaching studio.