Abigail Albaugh Martinez
Abigail Albaugh, M.AmSAT, originally from Annapolis, Maryland, received degrees in violin performance from East Carolina University and University of Michigan. In 2008, upon completion of a three-year training program at Alexander Technique Ann Arbor under director Jane Heirich, Albaugh earned Teacher Certification through the American Society for the Alexander Technique. Her post-graduate training included annual visits for nine years with Joan and Alex Murray in Urbana, IL. Intensive study and mentoring with students of Paul Rolland since 2011 has led to and engagements teaching Paul Rolland String Pedagogy and Alexander Technique at Paul Rolland String Pedagogy Workshops at George Mason University, Central Michigan University, and University of Illinois. She is currently the Secretary of the Paul Rolland String Pedagogy Society, helped design the curriculum for their teacher certification program, and received Certification in Paul Rolland String Pedagogy and Presenter Training in 2020. Albaugh is also a Frisch and Denig Custom Chinrest Fitting Specialist, helping instrumentalists avoid injury through properly-fitted equipment. She has presented Alexander Technique workshops and Paul Rolland String Pedagogy to musicians at five American String Teachers Association Conferences, including a Deep Dive workshop with four former Rolland students at the March 2020 convention in Orlando, Florida. In February of 2019, Albaugh presented at Freedom to Make Music: Alexander Technique Conference for Musicians in NYC. Albaugh has worked extensively with instrumentalists and singers in private and group class settings since 2008 and hosted her second Alexander Technique Retreat for Violinists and Violists in Fairfax, VA, in April 2019. She began teaching violin, viola, string pedagogy, and the Alexander Technique at Coastal Carolina University in 2019, where she also directs the String Ensemble. She is currently located in Myrtle Beach, SC, where she is a member of the faculty ensemble, Coastal Chamber Players, and principal second violin of the Long Bay Symphony. For more information, please visit abbyalbaughstudios.com.