High School Division

2015 High School Division Faculty


Summer Music Academy faculty consist of current Ithaca College faculty, top music educators from across the country, and renowned guest artists. Additional faculty and guest artists will be announced periodically. 

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Megan Atchley, ViolinMegan Atchley, Violin
Performer and Educator; MM, NYU Steinhardt; BM, Ithaca College

Megan Atchley is a New York based violinist dedicated to creating musical experiences that resonate with her audiences aesthetically, politically and bodily. As a solo recitalist, chamber and orchestral musician, she performs a wide array of styles from classical to jazz in venues such as Lincoln Center, the Bowery Ballroom and Carnegie Hall. 

Megan values a diverse approach to programming – her solo repertoire includes music by major contemporary figures such as Kaija Saariaho and György Kurtag, as well as works by Bartok, Prokofiev, Gershwin and Bach, among others. As a founding member of trio Project Emme, and a frequent performer with various new music ensembles including Wordless Music Orchestra, Ensemble LPR and the Firey String Sistas!, Megan has had the opportunity to collaborate with a wide range of contemporary composers. 

Megan’s recent concert highlights include an unconducted chamber orchestra concert with Ensemble LPR at the Naumburg Bandshell (Central Park, NYC) featuring Schoenberg’s Verklarte Nacht and John Adams’ Shaker Loops, and the grand finale concert of the AACM’s 50th anniversary celebration with the S.E.M. Ensemble, featuring collaborations with George Lewis, Roscoe Mitchell, and Muhal Richard Abrams.

A committed music educator, Megan founded and directs the afterschool violin program at Girls Prep Middle School in NYC.  In addition to a robust private studio, Megan holds faculty positions with Inter-School Orchestras and the Third Street Music Settlement.  As a scholar and passionate feminist, Megan presented a lecture-recital at the 2011 Feminist Theory and Music Conference on the work of Kaija Saariaho.

Megan’s credits as a recording artist include releases on Deutsche Grammophon and ShoutHouse.  She holds degrees from NYU Steinhardt and Ithaca College.

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