Lead Teaching Artist, El Sistema Colorado

Denver, Colorado


A native of the Pacific Northwest, Megan’s passion for music began at an early age, largely due to school music programs and the Portland Youth Philharmonic. Acknowledging the gifts she continually receives from music, she has developed a love for giving back through teaching and sharing her passion.

After beginning her career as an orchestral librarian, she served as a music facilitator in rural communities across Oregon through AmeriCorps. In 2008, she joined Ethos Music Center, a nonprofit dedicated to the promotion of music and music-based education for underserved youth. In her roles as Rural Coordinator, Rural Outreach Project Manager, and Director of Programs, Megan helped the Ethos team bring music to thousands of students. She has also enjoyed working with Caldera, where arts and the environment are used to help transform the lives of young people.  

Prior to becoming a Sistema Fellow, Megan was an active freelance violinist and teacher in Portland, OR. She has performed with regional orchestras and ensembles, as well as with local folk, vintage swing, and jazz bands.

In September 2014, Megan was hired to be a Lead Teaching Artist at Garden Place Elementary School for El Sistema Colorado, a three-year-old El Sistema-inspired program in Denver that serves more than 600 children.




Photo: Reba Sparrow