Maggie King, a Santa Fe native and new graduate of the New Mexico School for the Arts, is the 2016 first-place winner in the strings division of the Music Guild of New Mexico’s Jackie McGehee Young Artists’ Competition for Piano and Strings. She is also the Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra’s Apprentice Artist of the Year and was Concertmaster of the New Mexico All State Symphony Orchestra in 2015/2016. She began playing the violin when she was three and a half and has participated in every musical group and opportunity available to her. Her first solo performance was at age seven, and she has been part of the Santa Fe Youth Symphony organization for the last nine years, including all of the preparatory orchestras. Since 2003, she has studied with Rick Lohmann at Santa Fe Talent Education and has taken lessons from Richard Rood. She currently studies with Kerri Lay. She has received a full scholarship to the California Idyllwild Summer Artist Program with a final performance at the Walt Disney Performance Hall on August 14, 2016. For the past two years, she was awarded membership in the Preludio Summer Program at Ithaca College (NY). Before that, she attended the Summer Institute at the University of Denver, Lamont School of Music. Maggie is a member of the New Mexico All-State Symphonic Orchestra and was selected to participate in the National Music Educators Orchestra in Nashville. Maggie received the Allie M. Norris Youth Leadership Scholarship in 2014 from the State Music Association for her mentoring of young musicians. Maggie will study at the Oberlin Conservatory in the fall. She is the daughter of John and Sole King. Maggie likes reading, drawing, painting, swimming, and skiing.