Brooke Mickelson Biography
Brooke Mickelson is a passionate musician, music educator, and entrepreneur on a mission to provide equal access to music education throughout her community. She created a Subsidized Music Lesson Program which, under her leadership, helped 21 low-income students take over 200 affordable private music lessons with Boise State University music students. She was awarded the 2020 Martin Luther King / Meredyth Burns Scholarship, recognizing her “contribut[ion] to the growth of diversity and inclusion… on campus and in the community”. Continuing her mission and expanding her outreach, Brooke now serves over 100 low-income students through the Arizona State University String Project. In addition, she fosters an inclusive community for violists and violinists in her independent Music Studio. coordinated over the course of three years of her undergrad at Boise State University.
A talented violist, Brooke has been recognized in several solo competitions. Lauded for “exceptional tone colors and range of intensity”, she won 2nd place in the 2018 Music Teachers National Association Idaho State Competition and received honorable mentions in 2017 and 2019. Most impressively, she placed in the finals for the 2019 Boise State University Concerto-Aria Competition, performing the first movement of Hindemith’s Viola Concerto “Der Schwanendreher” from memory. She has attended many prestigious summer music festivals including the Brevard Music Center. Brooke performed in LA’s Disney Hall with the FOOSA Philharmonic in 2018 and often performs for school and community orchestras and chamber ensembles. She is interested in presenting new music through composer collaborations.
Brooke is pursuing a Master of Music in Viola Performance (Performance Pedagogy) at Arizona State University and working as a Graduate Teaching Assistant with Nancy Buck. She holds a Bachelor of Music Performance with Honors from Boise State University, where she studied with Dr. Linda Kline.
An Idaho native, Brooke enjoys exploring the outdoors, cooking and baking, and watching critically-acclaimed shows and films.