Brooke Mickelson Biography
Brooke Mickelson is a passionate violist, social entrepreneur, and music educator who strives to build community through the arts and create access to music education. As founder and creator of the Subsidized Music Lesson Program at Boise State University, she helped empower 21 low-income students to participate in 200+ affordable music lessons in 3 years. She worked as an Administrative Assistant for the Arizona State University String Project, serving over 100 students in 2020-2021. In fall 2021, she began an internship with West Valley Arts Council to support their Arts Education Programs. In addition to administration, she also teaches for local nonprofit music studios like SOUNDS Academy. Finally, Ms. Mickelson fosters an inclusive community for violists and violinists in her Private Music Studio.
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. She is currently working
An Idaho native, Brooke enjoys exploring the outdoors, cooking and baking, and watching critically-acclaimed shows and films.