Hailed for her “clear, bright tone” (Cleveland Classical) and described as “fiery, wild, and dangerous” (Classical Voice North Carolina), soprano Margaret Carpenter Haigh is a soloist and chamber musician based in Charlotte, North Carolina. Recent and upcoming solo engagements include Handel's Messiah with the Memphis and Winston-Salem Symphony Orchestras; BWV 51 Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen and Ralph Vaughan Willliams’ Benedicite with Arizona Musicfest Orchestra; Rutter's Requiem with the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra; BWV 105 Herr, hehe nicht ins Gericht mit deinem Knecht with the Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra; Bach's B minor Mass with Bach Akademie Charlotte, and Del Tredici's An Alice Symphony with the Portland Symphony. Alongside her husband, organist and harpsichordist Nicolas Haigh, Margaret is co-founder of L’Académie du Roi Soleil, an ensemble specializing in French music from the time of Louis XIV and with which she has performed in venues including York Minster; New College Chapel, Oxford; and Clare College Chapel, Cambridge.
Margaret performs with such ensembles as Newberry Consort, Handel and Haydn Society, South Dakota Chorale, Apollo's Fire, Wyoming Baroque, Heartland Baroque, Ensemble Vermillian, Raleigh Bach Soloists, Simon Carrington Chamber Singers, and Quire Cleveland, among others. In 2018, she was a Young Artist at the American Bach Soloists Academy and in 2016 a Britten-Pears Young Artist at the Aldeburgh Festival, where she studied Bach cantatas under Mark Padmore. Touring engagements have taken her to Israel, Germany, and France under the baton of Timothy Brown, and she has been featured as a soloist in the Easter at King’s Concert Series in King’s College Chapel, Cambridge.
As a choral conductor, Margaret serves as director of Nova Voce, Charlotte's premier women's choral ensemble. She has served as a faculty member at the Oklahoma Arts Institute in Quartz Mountain and as a clinician at Bach Akademie Charlotte’s Charlotte Bach Festival. She was Director of Youth Education Projects for Apollo's Fire: The Cleveland Baroque Orchestra from 2016-2017. She has also held positions as assistant chorus-master to the Winston-Salem Symphony Chorus and acting director of the Keele Bach Choir, Keele Philharmonic Choir, and Keele Philharmonic Orchestra in Staffordshire (UK); and she was selected as a conducting fellow at the Yale Norfolk Chamber Music Festival in Norfolk, CT.
Margaret holds the D.M.A. in Historical Performance Practice from Case Western Reserve University; the M.Mus in Choral Studies from the University of Cambridge, where she was a Gates Cambridge Scholar; and the B.M. in voice and B.A. in organ from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Recent scholarship includes work on the physical gesture in the madrigal repertory of the concerto delle donne in late sixteenth-century Ferrara. Her teachers include Ellen Hargis, Aaron Sheehan, Dean Southern, Joan Ellison, and Nancy Walker. Margaret currently teaches voice at UNC-Charlotte.
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