- BM, Northwestern University
- MM, University of Missouri-Columbia
Margie Halinski graduated from Northwestern University in 1998 with a Bachelor of Music in Saxophone Performance and Jazz Studies. She completed her Master's Degree in 2000 at the University of Missouri- Columbia in Multiple Woodwind Performance and Music Theory. At the University of Missouri-Columbia, Margie was the Jazz Graduate Assistant where she directed Jazz Band III and IV and several jazz combos. Her Music Theory thesis was entitled “Pitch Development in the 'First Part: A Kiss of the Earth—Introduction' of Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring.'"
Margie has performed with Max Roach, Bob Newhart, Tom Scott, Daniel Rodriguez, Rufus Reid, Bobby Shew, Tim Shew, Marcus Roberts, Robert Sadin, and John Abercrombie. She has been featured as a soloist with the McHenry County College Concert Band, Wheaton Municipal Band, St. Giles Jazz Band, Northwestern University Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble, University of Missouri-Columbia Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble, and the National High School Music Institute Wind Ensemble.
She has composed several original jazz ensemble pieces including "Reflections," which featured pianist Danilo Perez and the Northwestern University Jazz Ensemble.
Currently, Margie has a private music studio consisting of thirty students ranging from fourth grade to college students. In addition to teaching at MCC, she also teaches at Libertyville High School and the Player's Bench. As an active performer on saxophone, clarinet, flute, oboe, and bassoon, she plays at many Chicagoland venues including United Center - Chicago Bulls, Cathedral of St. Peter (Catholic Diocese of Rockford), Marriott Lincolnshire Theatre, Drury Lane Theatre, Theatre at the Center, Royal George Theatre, Pheasant Run, and Northlight Theatre.