We can rediscover the simple love of music, unfettered by judgment and expectations, and allow this pure enjoyment to spill out to others as we share our gifts through performance and pedagogy.
Flutist Meg Griffith has received several awards and honors as a modern and Baroque performer, including first prize at the Chicago Flute Club National Chamber Competition, placement as a semi-finalist in the National Flute Association’s Baroque Young Artist Competition, Honorable Mention in the Respighi Prize Music Competition, and winner of the Texas Tech University Concerto Competition with the Jolivet Concerto.
Her Carnegie Hall debut, on April 16th, 2011, received critical acclaim from the New York Concert Review: “…an excellent flutist…playing at breakneck speed…facility with total control;” Griffith “radiated calm serenity and impressionistic colors, giving…a fine opportunity to exhibit her beautiful, singing tone.”
She is a featured traverso soloist on Texas Christian University’s Faculty and Collegium Series and tours regularly in the United States and Canada as a soloist and pedagogue on modern and Baroque flute. Her chamber groups, including the flute duo, Esperanto, featuring Amanda Chavis, are featured on the Coker Arts Series in San Antonio, TX, the Dolce Chamber Music Players Concert Series in Dallas, TX, and the Mu Phi Epsilon Concert Series in Dallas, TX. Esperanto supports and performs new music and is working to create a bridge connecting the music, dance, and art worlds that will provide new artists in each discipline opportunities for growth and development.
In addition to performing, Griffith is actively involved in service as the Industry and Commercial Liaison of the Texas Flute Society. In 2011, she served as Assistant Program Chair of the National Flute Association’s Annual Convention and was President of the Texas Flute Society from 2012-2013. She also works within the community to bring music and lessons to the under-served in Dallas, TX.
Past teachers include Dr. Mary Karen Clardy (University of North Texas; B.M.), Professor John Heiss (Boston University; M.M.), and Dr. Lisa Garner Santa (Texas Tech University; D.M.A.). On traverso, she has worked with Dr. Jed Wentz of Amsterdam, Dr. Na’ama Lion of Harvard and the Longy Institute, and Dr. Lee Lattimore of the University of North Texas.
She currently serves as Adjunct Professor of Flute and Music History at Southwestern Adventist and Texas Wesleyan Universities. Outside of her work at the universities, she performs and teaches in the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex and works with the Ft. Worth Symphony Orchestra.
In addition, Griffith has her 200-hour certification in Hatha and Ashtanga yogas which she incorporates into her musical and pedagogical life. She offers Yoga for Musicians classes geared toward simplifying and solidifying the physical and mental practices of artists. Her approach reflects our need for awareness, compassion, and love for ourselves and others, especially within our musical community. She helps each individual build their personal foundation for calm and clear problem solving and full appreciation and focus on the moment, both within the asana itself and within musical workshops in connection with movement.