Martha Bruce graduated with a Master of Music in violin performance and pedagogy from the Peabody Conservatory, and a Bachelor of Music in violin performance from the University of Maryland. She will continue her studies at Peabody with Violaine Melancon while pursuing a Graduate Performance Diploma. Originally from Vermont, Ms. Bruce grew up playing orchestral and chamber music throughout the New England area. Since beginning the violin at age six, she quickly developed a passion for all types of music. In 2003, Ms. Bruce assumed the concertmaster position in the Vermont Youth Orchestra, working with musicians such as Soovin Kim and Jaime Laredo. She was a winner of the Vermont Youth Orchestra Senior Soloist Competition, playing with the orchestra in January of 2005. She spent many summers playing music at the Kinhaven Music School in Weston, VT. This was a particularly influential experience, and one that propelled her interest in chamber music. Her principle teachers include Ira Morris, Dr. James Stern, and Violaine Melancon. She has also coached with members of the Guarneri Quartet, Juilliard Quartet, Shanghai Quartet, and Peabody Trio. She has participated in various summer festivals including the National Orchestral Institute, Bowdoin Internation Music Festival, and Garth Newel. She has taught privately throughout her undergraduate and graduate career. She has held an internship with the Preparatory Department of Peabody since January, 2010, and was on the faculty of the Vermont Youth Orchestra’s Reveille Festival in August of 2009.