Today I realized that it has been 30 years to the day since I received my BFA in Music from the Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, Washington! Even though I have now been playing for 43 years (since age 11), the receipt of my music degree on May 2nd, 1986 launched me onto a path as a professional musician. It has been a very interesting, challenging and rewarding path indeed I am also filled with gratitude for the fact that I am still able to play and make my living (albeit humble) as a musician! I…Read more
Since moving In Austin in 2012, Margaret has been performing for residents and patients in Senior Care Centers, Oncology Treatment Centers, Hospice, and in other public and private venues. Some of her healthcare performances are sponsored by two wonderful Austin-based nonprofit organizations, Symphony of Soul and Swan Songs. For more information, please visit their websites, www.symphonyofsoul.org, and www.SwanSongs.org. You can also sponsor some of Margaret's musical performances in these healthcare…Read more
Margaret's three CD's are now available for purchase at Waterloo Records in Austin, TX, located at 600-A North Lamar Boulevard! Waterloo is a wonderful store, with an excellent, informed and friendly staff! Support your local "record" store! Check out Margaret's artist page on their website at http://www.waterloorecords.com/Artist/1080183. Margaret's CD's are also available through this website (see "CD's/Prints/Lessons" in the tool bar.) Thank you!
Guitarist Margaret Slovak recently relocated to Austin, Texas! Margaret actually has 1/8 Gypsy heritage; her great grandmother was an authentic wandering Spanish Gypsy! Thus the need to move the caravan every so often, roaming the earth to share her music and staying up until the "Wee Small Hours of the Morning" playing her guitar and composing new music! She is beginning to perform publicly and teach guitar lessons in the Austin area and throughout Texas. Margaret is healing from her 6 corrective right…Read more
Margaret underwent surgery #6 on June 1st, 2011, in NYC at NYU hospital. Her incredible guitar-playing surgeon, Dr. Steve K. Lee, who performed Margaret's previous three arm and elbow surgeries, reconstructed the injured extensor tendon attachments and corrected scar tissue problems in her right hand. A tendon from Margaret's arm was used for the reconstruction, making it a kind of "Tommy John" surgery of the hand! Margaret is recovering well and undergoing intensive hand therapy; she has slowly started to…Read more
Margaret had another surgery on her right arm on December 22nd, 2010, also at NYU Hospital in NYC. This makes 5 surgeries now, with 3 of them performed in 2010! It appears that everything is finally fixed. She is recovering well and is beginning yet another round of hand/arm therapy. Margaret has returned to playing for hospice patients in the New York area, and hopes to return to doing more public performances by March, 2011. She remains ever hopeful that eventually she will regain most of her right hand…Read more
Margaret is healing well from the surgery that she had in February to repair a nerve injury in her right elbow. On July 7th, she will have one more surgery on another nerve in the same arm. Margaret's surgeon at NYU (who is also a guitarist!) is optimistic that these two surgeries will restore more of the function of her right hand. Margaret hopes to return to performing by late September, 2010. In the meantime, she continues to compose, practice and teach.
In late February, 2010, Margaret underwent a third surgery, this time on her right arm/elbow, to correct nerve problems that affect the function of her right hand. The surgery was performed at NYU Hospital in NYC by a top NY surgeon, and was very successful! Margaret is currently undergoing physical therapy, and hopes to return to performing by June, 2010.
Selections from Margaret's CD's can now be heard on the in-flight music systems on JetBlue, Frontier, Air Tran, and Express Jet airlines! Look for channel 72 on Sirius/XM satellite radio on your in-flight system.
Margaret was interviewed in late March, 2009 by Brian Ball, Director of Music & Talent, on www.WomensRadio.com, a wonderful online radio station, media and education network.