Muriel Huckins is a 2008 graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Music, where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education. She is currently completing her Master’s degree at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Prior to her arrival at OCM, Muriel spent three years as a string specialist at five elementary schools in the Omaha Public Schools. She has maintained a private studio since 2003.
Muriel began studying violin at the age of eight in her hometown of Council Bluffs, Iowa. She credits early teachers for inspiring her to continue studying, first with Keith Plenert and later with Professor David Neely, and to become a teacher herself. While a student at UNL, Muriel performed in master classes for Timothy Baker of the Amadeus Trio and Roger Tapping, former violist of the Takács Quartet. In addition the violin, she also plays viola. As a performer Muriel has played in many ensembles including the Omaha Area Youth Orchestra’s Youth Philharmonic and Youth Symphony, the Iowa All-State Orchestra, the Hastings Symphony Orchestra, the UNL Symphony Orchestra, the UNL Philharmonia chamber & opera orchestra and Orchestra Omaha. Within these ensembles she held a variety of leadership positions, including principal 2nd violin in the UNL Symphony Orchestra & Philharmonia and assistant/acting principal viola in Orchestra Omaha. In January 2008, she had the opportunity to perform with the Philharmonia at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Also while at UNL, Muriel served as president for the university chapter of the American String Teacher’s Association for four years.
Muriel is also active in chamber music, having received recognition from the Amateur Chamber Music Players/ACMP foundation as a senior in high school. She has performed a variety of repertoire on both violin and viola and has had the opportunity to be coached by members of the Chiara String Quartet. She is currently a member of the Sarabande String Quartet based in Lincoln, Nebraska.