Margaret Goldston

(1932– )

A dedicated teacher and composer, the late Margaret Goldston taught beginner through college prep piano in her Franklin, North Carolina studio. Her students have won numerous music scholarships and state competitions. A frequent adjudicator for contests and festivals, Ms. Goldston has conducted masterclasses, clinics on composing with student participants and teacher workshops throughout the United States and Canada. Her solos and duets are well represented in contest lists, including the current National Federation of Music Clubs' Junior Festivals Bulletin.

Ms. Goldston studied composition privately for several years with Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Robert Ward. She studied piano and music theory privately for five years in New Orleans universities before attending Louisiana State University, where she graduated with a degree in Piano Performance. In 1991 she was honored as LSU's School of Music Alumnus of the Year.

A former Composition/Theory Chairman for the North Carolina Music Teachers Association, Ms. Goldston was commissioned to write a piece for Clavier Magazine in October 1990. Named the Composer of the Year for 1983 and 1994 by the North Carolina Federation of Music Composers, she has also been an NFMC convention speaker.