modern education for modern musicians

mind, movement, music

Dr. Megan Lanz, DMA / CMI
Denver, CO

"I am committed to the Whole Musician concept because I am passionate about helping performers realize they are in control of their fears. Accepting who we are, free of judgement, and identifying the sources of our fears helps us all move forward to make beautiful, soulful music."

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, 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 Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Las Vegas Philharmonic, Arapahoe Philharmonic, Crested Butte Festival Orchestra, the first national tour of Wicked, Phantom: The Las Vegas Spectacular, and Disney’s The Lion King. Highlights from her concert performances include multiple appearances with great artists such as Andrea Bocelli, David Foster, Katharine McPhee, Natalie Merchant, Jackie Evancho, Celtic Woman, Hillary Hahn, Edgar Meyer, Linda Eder, Bebe Neuwirth, and Dr. Peter Schickele (P.D.Q. Bach).

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. Her mindfulness and meditation 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'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.

In addition to being a member of the National Flute Association, the American Federation of Musicians (Locals 20-623 Denver and 369 Las Vegas), and the Theatre Musician's Association, Megan is associated with American Holistic Health 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.

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