principal second

THE joan m. herbers chair


North Carolina native Marjorie Bagley has performed around the world since beginning her career at age nine as a soloist with the Winston-Salem Symphony, and then at fourteen with the North Carolina Symphony. After two decades elsewhere, she happily returned in 2009 to teach at UNCG and be closer to her family. She plays a violin crafted in 1708 by Milan’s Giovanni Grancino.

As a founding member and first violinist of the Arcata String Quartet for a decade, Marjorie performed in Wigmore Hall (London) and Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall (New York). She’s indulged her taste for foreign travel and adventure while performing solo recitals and concertos in Korea, Moldova, South Africa, and Namibia, and teaching master classes in Argentina and Chile. She enjoys working with living composers to perform and record contemporary music (published by the VOX, Albany, Equilibrium, and Summit labels).

Marjorie studied under Stephen Shipps, Joseph Gingold, and Pinchas Zukerman, and received chamber group coaching from the Tokyo and American Quartets and Isidore Cohen of the Beaux Arts Trio. She has performed with Joseph Silverstein, Ani Kavafian, members of the Emerson and Borromeo Quartets, and harpsichordist Kenneth Cooper.

Currently Professor of Violin at UNCG, Marjorie has held faculty positions at Ohio University and Utah State University. Her time with ProMusica began in 2003, and she has been Principal Second Violin since 2014. She teaches and performs as co-concertmaster at the Brevard Music Festival in western North Carolina, and plays with the Berkshire Bach Society in western New England. She has taught and performed at the Perlman Music Festival, the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, and the International Music Academy in Plzen, Czech Republic. Marjorie is concertmaster for the Greensboro Symphony during the 2015-16 season.

Marjorie lives in Greensboro with her husband, UNCG physics professor Ian Beatty, and their energetic toddler Eleanor Rose. When not busy teaching, they enjoy traveling, cooking, adventuring outdoors, and trying to maintain their 1903 Victorian home.