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Megan Kehren

Viola

Megan Kehren holding viola

Megan Kehren

Biography

Megan joined the KSO in 2011 as a part of the viola section.  She began her studies in public school orchestra in Hendersonville, NC with her first viola teacher, Margery Kowal.  Moving to Knoxville as a middle schooler provided opportunities such as playing with our beloved Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra and studying with Karen Johnson, former assistant principal viola of the KSO.  As a senior in high school, Megan performed regularly with the KSO as a viola substitute.

From there, her musical education led her to Southern Methodist University for her undergraduate degree in music education studying viola with Barbara Hustis (Sudweeks) of the Dallas Symphony. Megan went on to earn a graduate degree in viola performance at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she served as the viola studio’s teaching assistant.  She attended Eastern Music Festival as the principal violist and was a member of the National Repertory Orchestra in 2000.  In Colorado, Megan had the fortune of studying chamber music with Erika Eckert, Judith Glyde and the Takács Quartet, and her quartet was awarded first prize of the MTNA National Competition in Chamber Music.

Professionally, Megan held the position of assistant principal violist of the Boulder Philharmonic and was a founding member of the Sphere Ensemble in Boulder, Colorado.  She has also performed with the Sarasota Orchestra and was a member of the Fort Collins Symphony and Greeley Philharmonic.  Megan’s passion is teaching, and she enjoys teaching privately as a Suzuki teacher in Knoxville, as adjunct instructor of violin and viola at Maryville College, and being a part of the Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra.  She happily serves as the conductor of the Junior Orchestra with the Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra and enjoys providing an encouraging environment for our area’s young musicians.

In her spare time Megan loves exploring the world with her husband, Frank and hiking places she never could have dreamed of as well as hanging out with their cat, Charlie.

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