Dana M. Meyer

Violin, Viola Teacher

Dana Meyer

SAA Member


Franklin, TN
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Dana Meyer, founder and Artistic Director of Music City Strings, is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music and has been passionate about teaching for more than 35 years.  In her early years she developed and implemented the Boone County Schools Strings Program in West Virginia, was a faculty member of the Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, North Carolina, instructor and chamber music coach at the New World School of the Arts (Miami), and became a performing faculty member of the Tucson Chamber Music in the Mountains in Tucson, Arizona.  While much of her early teaching career was focused on the high school and collegiate level, Mrs. Meyer performed extensively with chamber music groups and major orchestras in the United States.  She has performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Denver Symphony, the Richmond Symphony, and with all the major orchestras in Florida.  During her decade long tenure with the American Sinfonietta, she toured Europe annually and was part of the performing faculty at the Bellingham Music Festival.  While in Florida, Mrs. Meyer taught at the Dillard High School of Performing Arts and was instrumental in securing college scholarships for her students Kevin Sylvester and Wilner Baptiste, who have since formed the famed hip hop duo Black Violin.  In 1999, Mrs. Meyer discovered a passion for the teaching of young students and established her first private Suzuki studio in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  She immersed herself in the Suzuki pedagogy and became a protégé of Ronda Cole.  As her studio thrived she became President of the Suzuki Association of South Florida.  In 2005, Dana Meyer established a violin studio in Franklin, Tennessee. Her dream was to create a program that would provide children the means to become confident, sensitive and beautiful artists.  Music City Strings was the result of this dream.  In 2012 Music City Strings was one of three groups in all of North and South America chosen to perform at the Suzuki Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota on the International Ensemble Concert.  Because of this performance, Music City Strings was discovered by The League of Astonishing Strings and invited by the founders of Barrage on a concert tour of Europe during the summer of 2015.  This was a transformative experience for the group.  Music City Strings has since performed at the Ryman Auditorium with Amy Grant and Vince Gill and on the Thanksgiving TOKENS Show, also at the Ryman.  Music City Strings performed with Michael W. Smith at the Allen Arena at Lipscomb University and at the Franklin Theater in Franklin, Tennessee.  Members of MCS performed in the music video Sonera with Nathan Pacheco, and the group has performed for the Hope Foundation with Steven Curtis Chapman, DayStar Ministries, Music City Roots, the Lighting of the Green with Amy Grant, Channel 4 News at Midday, the Franklin Main Street Festival, Lawrenceburg Crocket Theater, and Dickens of a Christmas in Franklin, Tennessee among others.  Music City Strings is also engaged in community outreach performances in such places as the Sarah Canon Cancer Clinic, Vanderbilt ALS Clinic, nursing homes, and retirement communities.  While Mrs. Meyer’s time is now mainly consumed with Music City Strings other former faculty positions and posts include the Wintergreen Performance Academy, the Middle Tennessee State University Governor’s School of Music, the South Carolina Suzuki Institute at Furman, The Fine Arts Student Academy in Nashville, and President of the Middle Tennessee Suzuki Association.  In addition to her role as Artistic Director of Music City Strings, Mrs. Meyer is currently a faculty member with the Greater Washington DC Suzuki Institute, the Suzuki Institute at PhoenixPhest! in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the Suzuki String Institute at the University of Louisville in Kentucky, and Auditions Coordinator for the Strings Division of NAMTA.