Margret Gries has pursued a career in music that has included both academic research and professional performance. A member of many music ensembles in the Pacific Northwest, Gries is known best for her work as a harpsichordist and organist. She held the position of Organist and Director of Music at Grace Episcopal in Ellensburg, WA from 1981 to 2002, and continues to direct the Music at Grace concert series there. Gries has also studied and performed extensively on early string instruments including Renaissance and Baroque violin and viola, and vielle. Known as one of the most accomplished continuo keyboardists on the West Coast, she is the conductor and music director of the Jefferson Baroque Orchestra in Ashland, Oregon. Gries studied music and philosophy at Pacific Lutheran, Yale, and Cornell universities. She has been an instructor in harpsichord at the University of Washington and in music and philosophy at Central Washington University. Upon completing a Ph. D at the University of Oregon, she now serves as a member of the musicology faculty, where she directs the Collegium Musicum.