Mia Pixley, Ph.D. is a Bay Area-based mother, clinical psychologist, and artist who uses her cello, voice, and music performance to study and represent aspects of self and others, community, and the natural world. Protectively whimsical and simultaneously melancholic, Mia’s music gravitates toward the beauty hidden in sorrow, pain, and loss and this beauty’s potential to inspire curiosity, wonder, rebirth, and reconnection to ourselves, each other, and the natural world. She has a professional studies diploma in cello performance from San Francisco Conservatory of Music (Class of ‘18). Mia has studied classical cello with Joel Becktell, Wendy Sutter, (previous cellist of Bang On A Can), Jennifer Culp (previous cellist of Kronos Quartet). And Mark Summer (previous cellist of the Turtle Island Quartet). Mia found her vocal resonance under the tutelage of legendary NYC singer, Ayana Lowe. Mia released her first full-length album titled “Margaret in the Wild" July 2021. This was followed by a poem and music collaborative record titled “Passage”, released in April 2022.