Peggy Marshall, a second-year MME student at UNCG, whose full-time job is as orchestra director at St. Paul’s Middle School in Robeson County, NC where she teaches 108 orchestra students in a small, rural town south of Fayetteville, NC.

She applied for and was recently awarded a grant from Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation which will buy 7 violins, 5 violas, 2 cellos, 1 bass, 1 tenor saxophone, and 1 alto saxophone.

Of her extraordinary feat, UNCG Prof. John Salmon said, “It was a fairly tedious and time-consuming process, drawn out over four months, certainly beyond her normal teaching responsibilities.  As if public-school teachers don’t already have their plates full! Peggy is the sort of music teacher we want in North Carolina – dedicated to the needs of her students, committed to music education, tireless in her devotion.”

Congratulations to Peggy and the students at St. Paul’s Middle School!


Originally from Charlotte, North Carolina, Peggy Marshall has a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from UNC-Greensboro. While at UNCG she studied the violin under Marjorie Bagley and performed in the University Symphony Orchestra. She is currently finishing her fourth year as the orchestra director at St. Pauls Elementary School and St. Pauls Middle School in Robeson County, NC and serves as the strings department chair for the Public Schools of Robeson County. Ms. Marshall coaches and performs with the Fayetteville Chamber Orchestra, Robeson County Youth Symphony, and the Haymount UMC Chamber Orchestra, and co-founded her own chamber group, Orchid River Strings. Additionally, she teaches private violin and piano lessons and is pursuing her Master of Music Education degree at UNCG.