Hailed for her “clear, flexible voice” (Cleveland Classical) and described as “fiery, wild, and dangerous” (CVNC) with "a talent for character portrayal" (Chicago Classical Review), soprano Margaret Carpenter Haigh is a soloist and chamber musician based in Charlotte. Recent and upcoming solo engagements include Handel's Messiah with Memphis Symphony, Rutter's Requiem with Evansville Philharmonic, Bach’s Messe in h-moll with Bach Akademie Charlotte and American Bach Soloists, BWV 105 at the Oregon Bach Festival, BWV 51 and Vaughan Williams’ Benedicite with Arizona MusicFest Orchestra, and Del Tredici's An Alice Symphony with Portland Symphony.
Margaret has appeared with such ensembles as Oxford Bach Soloists, Handel and Haydn Society, Newberry Consort, and Apollo’s Fire; and she has been featured as an American Bach Soloist Young Artist and as a Britten-Pears Young Artist at the Aldeburgh Festival (UK). Touring engagements have taken her to Israel, Germany, and France under the baton of Timothy Brown, and she has performed as a soloist in the Easter at King's Concert Series in King's College Chapel, Cambridge. Alongside organist and harpsichordist Nicolas Haigh, Margaret is co-founder of L’Académie du Roi Soleil, an ensemble specializing in French music from the time of Louis XIV and with which she has performed in venues including York Minster; New College Chapel, Oxford; and Clare College Chapel, Cambridge.
As a choral conductor, Margaret serves as director of Nova Voce, Charlotte's premier women's choral ensemble. She has been a faculty member at the Oklahoma Arts Institute in Quartz Mountain and a clinician at Bach Akademie Charlotte’s Charlotte Bach Festival. She was Director of Youth Education Projects for Apollo's Fire: The Cleveland Baroque Orchestra from 2016-2017. She has also held positions as assistant chorus-master to the Winston-Salem Symphony Chorus and acting director of the Keele Bach Choir, Keele Philharmonic Choir, and Keele Philharmonic Orchestra in Staffordshire (UK); and she was selected as a conducting fellow at the Yale Norfolk Chamber Music Festival in Norfolk, CT.
Margaret holds the D.M.A. in Historical Performance Practice from Case Western Reserve University; the M.Mus in Choral Conducting University of Cambridge, where she was a Gates Cambridge Scholar; and the B.M. in Voice Performance and B.A. in Organ from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Recent scholarship includes work on physical gesture in the madrigal repertory of the concerto delle donne in late sixteenth-century Ferrara.