Hailed by the Santa Barbara News Press as a "dazzlingly brilliant" and "breathtaking" flutist with "tremendous skill," Megan Lanz (DMA) enjoys a fulfilling and multi-faceted career as a pedagogue, international solo performer, orchestral musician, and pit orchestra musician.
Megan has had the pleasure of sharing the stage with great artists such as Andrea Bocelli, Stephen Hough, David Foster, Natalie Merchant, Time For Three, Charles Yang, Jackie Evancho, Celtic Woman, Hillary Hahn, and Edgar Meyer. She has performed with a great variety of ensembles and productions, including the Colorado Symphony Orchestra (under Andrew Litton and Peter Oundjian), Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, Crested Butte Festival Orchestra, Las Vegas Philharmonic, the first national tour of Wicked, Phantom: The Las Vegas Spectacular, and Disney’s The Lion King.
Megan is a Certified Meditation Instructor, with a specialization in Vipassana (insight & mindfulness), and uses her knowledge in mindfulness to seamlessly integrate self-awareness and flute performance. She helps individuals gain insight into their stress and anxiety triggers and guides them toward solutions to refocus and become more present and productive musicians. Her mindfulness and meditation workshops are currently part of the Whole Musician curriculum, where she is a founding and active faculty member.
In addition to instructing at Colorado State University, she maintains an active home flute studio. Her students are members of Colorado's All-State Ensemble, the University of Northern Colorado High School Honor Band, the Colorado State University High School Honor Band, and the University of Colorado High School Honor Band. Megan's students have continued on to perform with professional ensembles, including the Pershing's Own, American Youth Symphony, and Music Academy of the West. Her former students attend the Interlochen Arts Academy, The Colburn School, University of North Texas College of Music, and various other colleges and universities.
As a champion of modern solo and chamber repertoire, Megan enjoys commissioning and premiering new works. Her most recent commission was Seven Shards for Three Flutes (2014) by James Grant, which was premiered at the Whole Musician 2014 Retreat in Big Bear Lake, CA. Other commissions include Cascade (2013) by Cody Westheimer, which was premiered at the Canadian Flute Association’s 2013 convention, Stephen Bachicha's Red Stilettos (2009, rev. 2013), and James Romig's Leaves from Modern Trees (2011). She was asked to share Red Stilettos with the attendees of both the National Flute Association Convention and the Canadian Flute Association Convention. Megan's doctoral research was centered around modern composer Salvatore Sciarrino. Her research document, a style analysis and performance companion to his collection L'opera per flauto, is available here.
In addition to being a member of the National Flute Association, the American Federation of Musicians (Local 20-623, Denver), and the Theatre Musician's Association, Megan is associated with the Colorado Flute Association, Golden Key Honor Society and the Alpha Lambda Delta and Phi Eta Sigma Honor Societies. She has recorded on the GIA and Klavier record labels, and plays a 14k gold Haynes flute, Hammig piccolo, and Trevor James alto and bass flutes.
Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.), University of Nevada Las Vegas