Margie Rice, a violinist, singer, songwriter, and conductor, enjoys a dual identity as a performer of both classical and gospel music. In addition to serving as a concertmaster of an orchestra and soloist with that group for over two decades, she is a vocal artist who has toured extensively as a soloist and been featured on numerous religious telecasts.
Margie was born in St. Helena and raised in Riverside, California, one of four daughters of Fernando F. and Marta Valverde Salcedo. Her parents, who were born in Ecuador, shared their love of classical and gospel music with their daughters. Music was always playing in the home, and all of the children were given music lessons starting at an early age.
Margie started piano lessons at six and violin at seven. She continued studies on the violin throughout her grade school and academy years. Following graduation from La Sierra Academy in 1978, she enrolled at Loma Linda University, La Sierra campus, now La Sierra University, where she studied violin with Alfred Walters, Cheryl Reth, and Claire Hodgkins, assistant to Jascha Heifetz.
While at LLU, she was winner of the Alfred Walters Scholarship and the President's Award. She graduated magna cum Laud with a B.S. in business administration and a minor in music in 1982. She married Geoffrey L. Rice, a graduate of Union College and of Loma Linda University School of Medicine in 1981. She completed an MBA in marketing in 1985 at the University of Missouri, Kansas City.
Salcedo-Rice has served as concertmaster and violin and vocal soloist with the Ukiah Symphony for over twenty years. She has soloed with the orchestra, playing the Bruch Violin Concerto, Mozart's G Major Violin Concerto and Symphony Concertante, and Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 4, and Double Violin Concerto. She has also been an active participant in chamber music as both a singer and player and serves as first violinist with the Ukiah Symphony String Quartet.
She was a vocal soloist with her siblings (the Salcedo Sisters), recording two Chapel Record albums with them: By My Side, which was chosen by Chapel Music as the 1997 promotional album for Christian women's retreats, and Carry Me On. She also recorded a solo Chapel Record album, In Your Holiness, which was released in 2010. This album includes six of her own songs, "The Gift of Love," "Because of You," "In Your Holiness," "Lord, I come to You," "The Touch of God's Love," and "Jesus By Our Side," the last co-written with her daughter Patricia.
Salcedo-Rice is a featured artist with Family Reunion Concerts and videos and a guest performer on 3ABN, Loma Linda Broadcasting Network, and Hope Channel. She has also toured in the U.S., Europe, and South America, giving concerts of traditional and contemporary gospel music and songs she has written. She was a featured artist on the Family Reunion Caribbean Cruise in 2008 and a soloist at the 2010 General Conference Session in Atlanta, Georgia.
She has served as Minister of Music and Choir Director at the Ukiah Seventh-day Adventist Church, where she directs its choir and orchestra. In that role she has served as conductor and director of its annual Glory of Christmas Cantata. The presentation has now been given for eighteen seasons and features the Sanctuary Choir, orchestra, and children's and youth choirs.
Salcedo-Rice maintains a private studio, where she teaches both violin and voice. Additionally, she has taught at Mendocino Community College and at Rio Lindo and Ukiah Junior academies. AT UJA, she directs the kindergarten through sixth grade Children's Choir and the UJA Chorale, a group of seventh through tenth graders, as well as the orchestra and teaches beginning and advanced strings.
The Rices presently reside in Ukiah, where her husband Geoffry L. Rice, M.D. is an ophthalmologist. They have three daughters, Jessica, Patricia, and Elizabeth. All three started violin at age 2 1/2 and are active as adult string musicians, the two youngest presently pursuing music study at Walla Walla University.
Sources: Information provided by Margie Salcedo Rice, September 2011 and February 2012; Online Sources.
Songs by Margie Salcedo Rice
Sing Unto the Lord1997