Megan Mason, viola
Megan Mason is the founding violist of the Tesla Quartet, which, in 2012, won First Prize at the Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition and Third Prize at the London International String Quartet Competition at Wigmore Hall. As a chamber musician she has performed in many of the best halls in the world, including Wigmore Hall, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, and a chamber music debut performance in New York's Alice Tully Hall. Megan has also enjoyed collaborations for the Michigan Chamber Players series and the Chamber Music Ann Arbor series.
Megan won the Concerto Competition at the University of Colorado in Boulder in 2010. She also won First place in the Regional and State Competitions of the Michigan Music Teachers National Association Competition in 2007. Megan appeared as a guest soloist on the Chamber Music Ann Arbor concert series.
As an orchestral musician Megan has served as a tenured member and substitute principal of the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra. During her studies at The Juilliard School, Megan served as Co-Principal of the Juilliard Orchestra. She has also been Resident Violist at the Medomak Conductor’s Retreat in Maine, Principal of University of Colorado at Boulder Chamber Symphony, Principal of University Symphony Orchestra at the University of Michigan, and Principal of the Young Artist Chamber Players in Salt Lake City, Utah.
This summer Megan will be on faculty at the Renova Music Festival. She will also be part of the Resident Quartet at the Strings Music Festival in Steamboat Springs, CO, a guest artist at the Saugatuck Chamber Music Festival, and a participant in the Montreal International String Quartet Seminar. In previous years, Megan has been a Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center and has studied at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, the Aspen Music Festival, Le Domaine Forget and the Idyllwild Arts Academy. Her teachers include Geraldine Walther, Erika Eckert, Michael Tree, Yizhak Schotten, and David Dalton. Megan plays on a viola generously provided to her by the Rashid Foundation.