Office: Kimbrough 444
Dr. Meredith Arksey
Associate Professor of Music
A Seattle native, she received her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Violin Performance from the University of Michigan, and a Doctorate in Violin Performance from Michigan State University. At the University of Michigan she was a violin student of Camilla Wicks, and during her doctoral studies she was a student of I-Fu Wang. She studied chamber music with Ekhart Selheim, Jeffrey Solo and Martin Katz, and studied string pedagogy with Robert Culver. As a University of Michigan Graduate Teaching Assistant, she taught private violin and string pedagogy. She spent her summers studying and performing at U.S. and European music festivals, and teaching at Interlochen. In the early 1980's she attended Eastern Washington University and the University of Washington, and was a member of the Spokane Symphony.
In 1988 she joined the music faculty of Alma College (Alma, Michigan) where, until 1995, she was the Artist-in-Residence. Apart from teaching violin and viola, Arksey was the concertmaster of the Alma Symphony Orchestra, Assistant Principal of the Lansing Symphony and the founder and director of the Gratiot-Isabella Youth Orchestra. Since 1989 she has been first violinist of the Silver Bay String Quartet, a group which has a summer residency at the Silver Bay Association, Silver Bay, New York.
In 1995 she joined the music faculty of Washington State University where she teaches studio violin and viola, chamber music, string techniques, and music theory. She performs frequently as a soloist and chamber musician both on the Washington State University campus and throughout the state. She is the concertmaster of the Washington-Idaho Symphony and past-president of the Washington State American String Teachers Association. Dr. Arksey has served as a clinician and adjudicator at numerous competitions, master classes and festivals in Michigan, Washington, Idaho, and British Columbia.