Est. 1998

The Sapphire Trio
Maxine Ramey, clarinet
Margaret Nichols-Baldridge, violin
Jody Graves, piano

Concerts, Master Classes, School Shows, Festival Adjudicators, International Tours and Cultural Ambassadors


In Jerusalem for the Edward Said National Conservatory Music Festival

Concert at the American Embassy in Kuwait

The Sapphire Trio was formed in 1998 to explore both the standard and newly created literature for clarinet, violin and piano, bringing to the concert stage the master works that exist in the repertoire.  The artists are university faculty members from the Pacific Northwest-USA, and are active as soloists, chamber musicians, master teachers and clinicians, appearing regularly in performances and festivals throughout the Northwest region, the United States, and abroad.  Their concerts feature a wide range of repertoire from Arutiunian to Schickele, and often include multi-media presentations. The Sapphire Trio has been featured as the headline performance for both national and international conferences. An exciting part of their mission is to serve as cultural ambassadors in international concert events and exchanges.  The Sapphire Trio is committed to continuing this legacy of fine art music, celebrating its universal language across the globe, and upholding the art of chamber music as an exciting and dynamic performance genre.  Their concerts include a wide range of new works, traditional works and transcriptions, along with stories and vignettes about the composers and the music.  In 2006 the Sapphire Trio served as Cultural Ambassadors for the United States in the Persian Gulf, performing concerts and speaking about American music in Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. They have maintained an international touring schedule since 1999.  They have also served as adjudicators for the Palestinian National Music Festival in 2010 and 2012, and have toured and performed in Jerusalem and the West Bank region each season since 2010. They have also been featured headline performers for the Music Teachers National Association conference, (2005) and the International Clarinet Festival in Tokyo. (2005) In 2013 the will perform again for the ICF conference in Assisi, Italy.


The press reviews have called their performances “exciting…imaginative and compelling” (The Peninsula/Qatar, 2006) and that sponsored tour was acclaimed by the U.S. State Department as the ‘Number One’ international tour event of the season.

Additional reviews:

“Sensitive performance of Thomas Christian David’s
 Trio No. I”   - THE CLARINET
“They dazzled the audience with a performance of the Suite by Alexander Arutiunian.”



For more information, concert bookings and fees please contact:

Dr. Jody Graves -
Dr. Margaret Nichols-Baldridge -
Dr. Maxine Ramey -


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