Exploring interdisciplinary paths provides us a multi-faceted approach to understanding ourselves and our performing. Working from these various angles completes the picture and allows us to all move forward to make meaningful music.
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, Katharine McPhee, David Foster, Natalie Merchant, Time For Three, Charles Yang, Jackie Evancho, Celtic Woman, Hillary Hahn, Edgar Meyer, Linda Eder, Bebe Neuwirth, and Dr. Peter Schickele (P.D.Q. Bach). She has performed with a great variety of ensembles and productions, including the Colorado Symphony Orchestra (under Andrew Litton), Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, 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.
Megan is a Certified Meditation Instructor, with a specialization in Vipassana (insight & mindfulness). She uses her knowledge in mindfulness to help coach musicians to understand present moment truths, and to move past fears and anxieties with regard to performing. She is passionate about helping performers realize they are in control of their performances and their fears. Through Skype and other online platforms, she coaches performers internationally in meditation and mindfulness. She helps individuals gain insight into their stress and anxiety triggers and guides them toward solutions to refocus and retrain busy and overwhelmed brains. Her mindfulness and meditation workshops are currently part of the Whole Musician curriculum, and she is a member of the American Holistic Health Association.
Megan is an instructor at Colorado State University and maintains an active flute studio. Her 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, and various colleges and universities.