Hailed by the Santa Barbara News Press as a "dazzlingly brilliant" and "breathtaking" flutist with "tremendous skill," Megan Lanz (DMA) is enjoying her multi-faceted career as a pedagogue, international solo performer, orchestral musician, and pit orchestra musician. She maintains an active studio in Colorado, and her students have continued on to attend the Interlochen Arts Academy, The Colburn School, and many other colleges and universities.
On the stage, Megan has had the pleasure of performing with a variety of ensembles and productions, including the Crested Butte Festival Orchestra, Las Vegas Philharmonic, Arapahoe Philharmonic, the first national tour of Wicked, Phantom: The Las Vegas Spectacular, and Disney’s The Lion King. Highlights from her concert performances include appearances with great artists such as Andrea Bocelli, Natalie Merchant, Jackie Evancho, Celtic Woman, Hillary Hahn, Edgar Meyer, Linda Eder, Bebe Neuwirth, and Dr. Peter Schickele (P.D.Q. Bach).
Megan is passionate about making quality education accessible to any student who wishes to learn. She is a founding member of Whole Musician, a non-profit collective of four uniquely experienced flutists who collaborate to offer unique workshops and retreats for all musicians that address the demands placed on the 21st century performer. The Whole Musician team is dedicated to creating scholarship opportunities so that all students, regardless financial situation, will find this holistic approach to pedagogy and artistry to be within reach. For five years, Megan was a member of the Cultural Outreach Committee for the National Flute Association, which provides scholarships for students who would otherwise be unable to attend the NFA annual convention.
Megan is currently in the process of finishing her certification process to become a Certified Meditation Instructor, with a specialization in Vipassana (insight & mindfulness). She uses her knowledge in mindfulness to help coach musicians to move past fears and anxieties with regard to performing, and is committed to this concept because she is passionate about helping performers realize they are in control of their performances and their fears. Her mindfulness workshops are currently part of the Whole Musician curriculum, and she is a member of the American Holistic Health Association.
As a champion of modern solo and chamber repertoire, she 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'sRed 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.
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.