Awarded the Frances Walker Piano Prize upon graduation from Vassar College, she pursued
her studies in Freiburg, Germany before returning to the United States to complete her Masters
degree at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. She has studied under and been
coached by such notable artist teachers as Frank Sheridan, Claude Frank, Eugene List and
Since her debut in Carnegie Recital Hall, Ms. Mills has given additional solo recitals in such prestigious venues as Alice Tully Hall, and Merkin Concert Hall in New York City and at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. She made her London debut in Wigmore Hall followed by performances in Berlin, Munich, Heidelberg and other German cities. She has also preformed in Beijing and Shanghai, China. More recently, she presented solo recitals in Rome, Italy and Paris, France.
As an advocate of contemporary American music and the music of women composers, among them Amy Beach and Ruth Schonthal, Margaret Mills often presents lecture/recitals in music schools and universities, including appearances at the University of California, both Long Beach and Santa Barbara, where she also presented solo piano recitals. She has been featured at the Miami International University in Miami, Florida and the Juilliard School in New York City. Her knowledge of the piano repertoire includes traditional European music alongside newer American works, many of them by women composers. Among the composers she has commissioned to write works for her have been Ruth Schonthal, Elizabeth Lauer, Richard Wilson, Anthony Newman, Brian Fennelly, and Joel Feigin. Most recently, her papers and memorabilia have been housed in the New York Public Library American Music Collection at Lincoln Center.
Four of the five solo CDs recorded by Margaret Mills appear on the Cambria Master Recordings label. The composers featured on these CDs include Lowell Liebermann, Ruth Schonthal, Chabrier and Debussy, Joel Feigin, Amy beach and Gloria Coates. The newest recording to be issued by Cambria within the next year features music by Ruth Crawford, Amy Beach and Charles Ives. The fifth solo CD appears on the Newport Classic label and features the music of Elizabeth Lauer, Anthony Newman, Richard Wilson and Miriam Gideon. Other solo and chamber works are recorded by Ms. Mills on the Newport Classic and Capstone labels.
Margaret Mills has had a long relationship with the Third Street Music School Settlement in New York City as a teacher and administrator. Having served as Chair of the Piano Department for thirteen years, she most recently has been Manager of the Artist Performance Series and continues to work in the school's Adult Program. Ms. Mills has served on the Board of Visitors of the New England Conservatory of Music, and is a member of the International Alliance of Women in Music, the Schubert Club of Fairfield County, and the National League of American Pen Women (Greenwich, CT branch). Her biography is included in Who's Who in America.