Megan Healy, School of Music
Winner of the Jenny Kate Collins Award
I am a third year Doctor of Musical Arts candidate in Violin Performance and a Graduate Teaching Assistant. As a TA, I have assisted with undergraduate music appreciation courses, performed in the CU Symphony Orchestra, and currently meet with Masters and Undergraduate violin students for weekly private lessons to assist in their technical and musical development. In addition to my studies at CU, I perform with several regional orchestras, including the Boulder Chamber Orchestra, Boulder Philharmonic, Fort Collins Symphony, Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra, and Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra. I also maintain a private studio of 15 violin students ranging from ages 5-75 and run a wedding and event music business. I am honored to receive the Jenny Kate Collins award to support my dissertation project, The Maud Powell Project. The Maud Powell Project celebrates the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment and Women's Suffrage with five new works for solo violin inspired by and dedicated to Maud Powell, the first great American violin soloist. The works, commissioned from American composers Lauren Bernofsky, Elisabeth Blair, Stephanie Ann Boyd, Jessica Meyer, and Hilary Purrington, will be premiered and professionally recorded in the Summer of 2020. The works will subsequently be performed in a variety of contexts, including solo violin recitals, lecture recitals, and outreach performances with dancers from Life/Art Dance ensemble for children and for senior citizens living in low income housing communities in the Denver Metro area. Visit my site if you are interested in learning more about the project.