Megan Shung Smith graduated with a Bachelor of Music in violin performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music with honors, studying under David Updegraff. While at CIM, Megan also earned a Suzuki Pedagogy Certification through Book Four from the Suzuki Association of America under the tutelage of Kimberly Meier-Sims. Upon graduation, she continued her studies with Paul Kantor in Houston, TX for two years. Past mentors include Richard Schwabe and Henry Gronnier at the Colburn School of Performing Arts. Megan’s honors include the 2011 Dr. Jerome D. Gross Prize in Violin from the Cleveland Institute of Music and 2008 International House of Blues Foundation Ambassador Scholarship.
Megan is currently on faculty at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music and a strings field supervisor for Education Through Music Los Angeles, an organization committed to providing quality music education in public schools. She’s taught at numerous Institutes including the LA Suzuki Institute and the Advanced Suzuki Institute at Stanford. In the past, Megan has taught at La Canada School of Music, The Village School (Houston, TX), Fort Bend Independent School District (Houston TX), and the Cleveland School of the Arts (Cleveland, OH).
An active performer and studio musician in the Los Angeles area, Megan performs regularly as concertmaster of the Lake Avenue Chamber Orchestra in Pasadena, and Musical Theater West in Long Beach. In addition, She is adept at non-traditional performance practices and styles, including jazz, rock, pop, and experimental music. She currently studies Gypsy Jazz with Dutch jazz violinist Tim Kliphuis. Artist collaborations have included Kimbra, tyDi, Dalal and other film composers in the LA area. She is currently the electric 5-string violinist for Iridas, an electro-chamber ensemble, whose goal is to create and encourage more meaningful hybridization of modern classical music and populist music.
As an educator, Megan’s primary mission is to create for her students a strong technical foundation with roots in various styles and ideologies. Her hope is to cultivate not only solid performers but also empowered and informed listeners to encourage creativity and experimentation beyond the boundaries of ordinary musicianship.