Mrs. Megan Shung Smith

Violin, Viola, Suzuki in the Schools Teacher, Administrator

Megan Shung Smith

SAA Member


Glendale, CA

Ms. Megan Shung Smith is currently a Suzuki violin/viola faculty and department coordinator at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music and the Membership Chair of the Suzuki Music Association of California—Los Angeles Branch (SMAC-LA). In addition, she spends her summer teaching at numerous Institutes with a specialty in jazz and improv.

An active performer and studio musician in the Los Angeles area, Megan 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. She also performs regularly as co-concertmaster of the Lake Avenue Chamber Orchestra in Pasadena. 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 Kimbra, tyDi, John Debney, Mark Isham, Clipping, Dalal, AJ Crew, Sudan Archives, IAMEVE, Jonah Levine, Andrew Hewitt, Avi Friedlander and collaborates regularly with many other composers in the LA area.

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 earned her Suzuki pedagogy certifications with 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.

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.