Megan Shung is currently the Suzuki violin/viola program coordinator at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music. She has taught and performed at several summer institutes including the LA Suzuki Institute, Advanced Suzuki Institute at Stanford and San Diego Suzuki Institute with a specialty in teaching improvisation to young string players.
Megan is an active performer, recording artist, composer/arranger, and contractor in the Los Angeles area. She is a founding member of Iridas, an electro-chamber ensemble, whose goal is to create and encourage a more meaningful hybridization of modern classical music and populist music. The group performs regularly at concert series as well as educational workshops. In addition, she performs regularly as the concertmaster of the Lake Avenue Chamber Orchestra in Pasadena. Other groups with regular appearances include Logan Kane’s Nonet and The Whyman Project. In addition, She is adept at non-traditional performance practices and styles including jazz, rock, pop, and experimental music. She has performed with many artists including The Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Kimbra, Richard Clayderman, David Binney, Watsky and collaborates regularly with many other composers in the LA area. During the summer, Megan performs rock and jazz-inspired program with Suzuki cellist/teacher trainer Avi Friedlander as the AM Duo at several different Suzuki institutes.
Megan graduated with a Bachelor of Music in violin performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music with academic honors, studying under David Updegraff, and also received her long-term Suzuki training with Kimberly Meier-Sims. Upon graduation, she continued her studies with Paul Kantor in Houston, TX. Past mentors include Richard Schwabe and Henry Gronnier at the Colburn School of Performing Arts. Megan’s honors include the Dr. Jerome D. Gross Prize in Violin from the Cleveland Institute of Music and the International House of Blues Foundation Ambassador Scholarship.
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.