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Book a Lesson with Megan Griffin
A recipient of the Peter Mennin Award for Outstanding Achievement and Leadership in Music, Megan Griffin is establishing herself as an international performer and educator. Recently a member of Ensemble ACJW, she has been heard in concerts at the Marlboro Music Festival, Musique de Chambre à Giverny in France, and with Itzhak Perlman at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and on tour. She is also deeply committed to educational and community outreach, working with people around the world.
An enthusiastic chamber musician, Megan has participated in the Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund (SYLFF) exchange program, performing in the Bi-centennial Haydn Festival in Eisenstadt, Austria, and the Hotel Invalides in Paris, France. She has also performed at Kneisel Hall, Sarasota Music Festival, and participated in Juilliard’s Chamberfest and Wednesday at One series in Alice Tully Hall. As an alumna of The Perlman Music Program, Megan has participated in their Summer Music Program, Sarasota Winter Residency, Chamber Music Workshop, and Israel Residency.
Megan was twice runner-up in the Juilliard concerto competition, and, after winning the Colorado Symphony Orchestra’s Jeff Bradley Young Musician Award, she appeared as a guest soloist with the CSO. She was on the roster of Colorado Young Musicians Foundation for four years and was a two-time winner of the Top Performer prize. Megan also participated in the Johansen International String Competition, traveling to Washington, D.C. and claiming second prize.
As principal of both the Juilliard Orchestra and the New World Symphony, Megan has performed under conductors such as John Adams, James Conlon, Alan Gilbert, and Leonard Slatkin. She has also been heard with the Princeton Symphony Orchestra, New York Classical Players, and the Spoleto Festival Orchestra. As a member of the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra she toured throughout Turkey, Spain, Germany and Austria. Megan was born and raised in Englewood, Colorado and received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School studying with Misha Amory, Heidi Castleman, Hsin-yun Huang, and Samuel Rhodes.
Megan’s involvement in outreach began during her first year at Juilliard when she volunteered in New Orleans, with the intent to bring music and the arts to those who do not have access. After teaching at a performing arts day camp for local youth, she began working towards building a similar program of her own design. This resulted in an outreach trip to Arusha, Tanzania in May 2009 called Arusha Arts Initiative. Through grants and fundraising, Megan and five other Juilliard students from all divisions traveled to Tanzania and taught a two week arts camp at Umoja Youth Empowerment Center, a school which provides free education to poverty-stricken youths ages 14-29. In addition to this she has taught string technique classes in public schools in Colorado and Florida and traveled to Sao Paulo, Brazil to teach master classes and give interactive performances at community music centers. Locally, Megan performed in New York City hospitals and nursing homes as a Gluck Community Service Fellow, and she has served on the faculty of the Music Advancement Program (MAP) at The Juilliard School and the Opportunity Music Project, programs that offers music training to underrepresented students. She also taught beginning viola in New York City elementary schools as an Instrumental Music Program Fellow, and traveled to Aiken, South Carolina as a performer and educator through the festival Juilliard in Aiken. As part of her fellowship with Ensemble ACJW she spent two years teaching music at City College Academy of the Arts in New York City. Megan is currently pursuing a post-baccalaureate pre-health certificate at NYU.
I have been teaching private and group lessons for 8 years now, all throughout the world. Through Carnegie Hall's Academy fellowship I spent the past two years teaching beginning strings in a middle school in Washington Heights. In the US I have taught in public music school classrooms, in Brazil I taught underprivileged beginning string players, and at Juilliard's Music Advancement Program I taught intermediate string players privately for a year.
I believe that learning music can benefit everyone, no matter what age or level. I try to be as helpful as possible to each student, based on how the student learns and what their goals are. I enjoy sharing everything I have learned about violin and viola, and I view teaching as peer to peer, no matter what age!