Mrs. Megan Shung Smith
Violin, Viola, Suzuki in the Schools Teacher, Administrator
Ms. Megan Shung Smith is currently a Suzuki Violin/Viola faculty at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music, a Mentor Teacher Supervisor for Education Through Music-Los Angeles (ETM-LA) 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 including the LA Suzuki Institute and the Advanced Suzuki Institute at Stanford.
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. Artist collaborations have included Kimbra, tyDi, John Debney, Clipping, Dalal, AJ Crew, Sudan Moon, IAMEVE, and many other composers in the LA area.
Megan graduated with a Bachelor of Music in violin performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music with honors, studying under David Updegraff, and also earned a Suzuki Pedagogy Certification through Book Four 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.
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.