Violist | Composer | Educator
Megan DiGeorgio is a violist, composer, and educator based in the Washington, D.C. area. She holds a Bachelor of Music from The Catholic University of America and a Master of Music from the University of Delaware. She has performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, at several Smithsonian museums, at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, and for Pope Francis during his 2015 United States visit. She has been heard on NAXOS American Classics in the National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic. Her primary viola teachers have been Sheila Browne, Esme Allen-Creighton, and Tsuna Sakamoto.
Megan’s music has been performed in Washington, D.C. and beyond. She has recently been commissioned by new music ensemble and advocacy group Fear No Music to compose a piece of new vocal chamber music based on the 2018 Kavanaugh Confirmation Hearings. This piece, I’m Terrified, will be premiered in September 2019, in Portland, Oregon. Following its February 2019 premiere, her string quartet, Partial Pressures, will be performed twice more within the year; at the 2019 New Music DC Conference in Washington, D.C., and by TURNmusic in Burlington, Vermont, both in September 2019. She is also receiving a premiere of a choral work by the Harford Choral Society in December 2019, in Bel Air, Maryland. Most recently, she has received performances of her music at District New Music Coalition’s 2018 New Music DC conference, from the Susquehanna Symphony Orchestra, based in Bel Air, Maryland, and from Kylwyria Horn Trio, invoke String Quartet, and loadbang, Ensembles-in-Residence at the Vermont College of Fine Arts. In addition, she has received a commission and performance from the Euphonic Syndicate, who premiered her commissioned work in Fort Collins, Colorado in 2017. Her music has been featured at the New Voices @ CUA Festival, and in University of Delaware’s “Women in Music” concert. Her primary composition teachers have been Jonathan Bailey Holland, Jennifer Margaret Barker, and Stephen Gorbos.
Megan teaches viola, violin, composition, and music theory, and maintains a full studio at The International School of Music in Bethesda, Maryland. Her students range from beginner to advanced, and she teaches young children through adults. She believes that every student can learn, improve, and love music, and that anyone can benefit from learning music. Megan was a teaching assistant at the University of Delaware, and has taught chamber music, music theory, songwriting, master classes, and studio classes in a number of settings.
In addition, Megan works in the Marketing and Communications department for the Boulanger Initiative, a Washington, D.C.-based organization with the mission to promote the music of women composers. She is also a professional member of the Schola Cantorum at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington, D.C. She has held executive roles for the New Voices @ CUA New Music Festival and in the Catholic University Student Composers chapter.
I regret that more performers today aren’t composers themselves… Whether their music will live on or not is beside the point. Their understanding of the art of composition helped them as performing artists - they were at one with the composer.
- Josef Gingold
Megan finds the greatest fulfillment from pursuing a number of musical crafts. In addition to viola, composition, and education, Megan enjoys playing piano and ukulele, conducting, and singing. She lives in Hyattsville, Maryland with her husband, conductor David F. Bond.
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