Megan Shung Smith, Music Mentor-Supervisor, graduated with a Bachelor of Music in violin performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music with honors, studying under David Updegraff, and earned a Suzuki Pedagogy Certification through Book Four under the tutelage of Kimberly Meier-Sims. Upon graduation, she continued her studies with Paul Kantor in Houston, TX. Past mentors include Richard Schwabe and Henry Gronnier at the Colburn School. Megan is currently an active Suzuki teacher, maintains a private Suzuki studio in Glendale, CA. She’s appeared as summer institute faculty at the LA Suzuki Institute, Advanced Suzuki Institute at Stanford and Wildwood Institute of Music and Arts.
An active performer and studio musician in the Los Angeles area, Megan is also adept at non-traditional performance practices and styles, including jazz, rock, pop, and electronic music. She currently studies gypsy jazz with Dutch jazz violinist Tim Kliphuis. Artist collaborations have included Kimbra, tyDi, and Dalal. She currently plays electric 5-string violin for Iridas, an experimental electro-acoustic ensemble whose goal is to create and encourage more meaningful hybridization of modern classical music and populist music.