Michelle Gribbon

Michelle Gribbon has a diverse background in music with such varied roles as a performer in TV & Radio commercials, Orchestral and Recital performer (including Soloist and Concertmaster positions), Rehearsal Pianist for faculty and students, has won state and national competitions, and has been a strings and piano private lesson teacher since 1977. She was a full scholarship student in both undergraduate and graduate schools (UWS & SMU) and has owned and directed the Sound of Strings Music School in TX and MN since 1989. She directed and performed in five International Music & Educational Performance Trips to England, Germany, Austria, Canada, Finland, and Russia with her Sound of Strings students and music colleagues and used those life-enriching experiences to also include presenting music education programs at over 250 schools and nursing homes in the U.S. and abroad.

Her performing, teaching, and music arrangements have been praised by the likes of The Minnesota Orchestra String Quartet, the Principle Cellist of the Vienna Philharmonic, faculty at The Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland, The Royal Holloway-University of London, the Vienna Tourist Board, the President of the Finlandia Foundation National, President of the Laurentian Arts and Cultural Alliance, and countless others.

In 2018 she was awarded the A.C.E. Advocate Award for Choral Excellence from the ACDA-MN  for her years of accompanying in the Denfeld and East H.S. Choral programs and following the award was the cover and feature story in The Woman Today Magazine Dec/Jan 2019 issue.

In January 2020 she was selected as a U.S. Music Educator for the Honors Performance Series - Carnegie Hall NYC, where she mentored/chaperoned 15 International High School music students for 1 week prior to their Carnegie Hall performance.

Currently living in Duluth, MN she teaches at Sound of Strings, is the Orchestra Director at both Marshall School and Stella Maris, Staff Pianist at East H.S., and is extremely active as a violinist, pianist, music arranger, special music event contractor, and adjudicator.

North Shore Philharmonic - soloist and concer

She has performed at such notable places as:

The Gnesin Institute of Music: Moscow, Russia

St. John’s, Smith Square, London, England

Jesus Chapel, Cambridge, England

Finchcock’s Living Museum of Music, Goudhurst, England

The Royal Holloway - University of London, England

The National Museum of Fine Arts, Quebec City, Canada

Peavey Plaza & Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, MN

Peters Kirsche (St Peter’s Church), Vienna, Austria

Schonbrunn Palace & Hofburg Palace, Vienna, Austria

Dom Plaza, Saltzburg, Austria

The Sibelius Academy, Helsinki, Finland

Temppeliaukio Kirkko (Church on the Rock), Helsinki, Finland

Neuschwanstein Castle, Bavaria, Germany

Sound of Strings - Trio - Fundraiser - for An

She has received Grants and Artistic Support of Note from:

Vienna Tourist Board: Voices of the World

Finlandia Foundation National

Minnesota Orchestra - UPbeat Education Program

The Laurentian Arts & Culture Alliance

Salolampi-Soiva Music Camp

The Cecilian Society

Duluth Area Retired Educators Association

Land of the Loon Festival

Duluth-Superior Symphony

Lyric Center for the Arts

Minnesota Finnish-American Historical Society

Peavey Plaza - Macy’s Day of Music

The Tweed Museum of Art

University of Wisconsin -Superior

The Woman Today Magazine

Karpeles Manuscript Museum

Benedictine Health Center

Matinee Musicale

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences

Smithsonian Institution - Artrain

sound of strings student lesson

She enjoys playing not only classical music, but also alternative pop/rock in her eclectic Four String Rock group that she founded as a means of inspiring young students to enroll in school orchestra programs, and continues her lifelong commitment to:

Music education through outreach concerts to people of all ages and backgrounds, and the belief that Music programs are important because we as humans need the ability to express ourselves and feel an attachment to something magical that not only moves our heart and soul but expands our ability to share gifts and talents with those around us. Music programs demand interaction with others and teach us the life skills of patience, compassion, and time management.

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In her free time she enjoys cooking, gardening, being active outside, hiking with her Borzoi (Russian Wolfhound) Illyana, and is an avid cyclist.