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Marséja Cardwell

Marséja Cardwell is a musician, educator, artist, and arts advocate. She has played the violin since the age of 9, learning technique in her school orchestras and through private lessons. They have played in a variety of chamber ensembles, and string orchestras. They primarily enjoy playing genres such as Latin, dance, romantic, classical, folk and more while also having fiddle roots from their first five years of studying under their elementary to middle school orchestra teacher. From 2014-2018 she attended and graduated from Barbara Ingram School for the Arts, an arts high school where she studied as a violin performance major. Throughout her time there she performed at places such as the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame, several major museums in Chicago, and the Maryland Theater. Individually, she participated in the county Solo & Ensemble Festival in which she received superior ratings consecutively for four years for both her solo and chamber performances. Over the years they have studied privately under the teachings of Andrea Valle, Heather Austin-Stone, and Meghan Todt Williams throughout the entirety of her undergraduate career. She graduated from the Music Education program at NYU Steinhardt as a Violin Primary in May 2022.  Aside from the violin, they’re also a singer and their secondary instruments are the viola, piano, electric guitar and electric bass. Marséja plans to continue her studies towards a Master’s Degree in Arts Administration with concentrations in Advocacy and Business.