Brooke Mickelson is pursuing a Master of Music in Viola Performance (Performance Pedagogy) as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for Nancy Buck at Arizona State University. She holds a Bachelor of Music Performance with Honors from Boise State University, where she studied with Dr. Linda Kline.
She has attended many prestigious summer music festivals, including the Brevard Music Center, the Fresno Summer Orchestra Academy, and the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival. She performs for her school and community orchestras and chamber music for private events and student recitals. She has an investment in musician-composer collaborations presenting new music.
As an Independent Music Teacher, Brooke has worked with 25 private students over the last 4 years. In 3 years as an officer for the Idaho Music Teachers Association Boise State Chapter, she created a Subsidized Music Lesson Program which helped 21 low-income students take over 200 private music lessons. In 2020, Boise State awarded her the Martin Luther King / Meredyth Burns Scholarship, recognizing her “contribut[ion] to the growth of diversity and inclusion and/or the promotion of human rights on campus and in [our] community”.
Brooke has also been recognized as a soloist in several competitions. Lauded for “exceptional tone colors and range of intensity”, she won 2nd place in the 2018 Music Teachers National Association Idaho State Competition. She received Honorary Mentions in 2017 and 2019. Most impressively, she placed in the finals for the 2019 Boise State University Concerto-Aria competition, publicly performing the first movement of Hindemith’s Der Swchanendreher from memory.