Megan Karls

VIOLIN

Megan Karls performs as Co-Concertmaster of the Great Falls Symphony, and as violinist with the Cascade String Quartet.
An established performer across the state, Megan is also the Associate Concertmaster
of the Billings Symphony and has frequented as guest Concertmaster for the Bozeman, Billings and Butte Symphonies, Intermountain Opera Company, and with the conductorless String Orchestra of the Rockies. She has previously held orchestral positions across the US, with the Boise, Wichita, Green Bay, Des Moines and Fox Valley Symphony orchestras, among others. 

In solo endeavors, Megan was honored to be supported by the Montana Arts Council for her debut video album entitled "Decommissioned: Solo Violin in Cold War Relics," a project showcasing unaccompanied Bach and contemporary composers recorded in decommissioned military structures across northern Montana.

This season, she is delighted to share her most-beloved concerto, Prokofiev D major, as soloist with the Great Falls Symphony in November 2021.

 

As a chamber musician, Megan has been a guest artist across the nation, including Oberlin Conservatory, Lawrence University, Northern Illinois University, Roundtop, the Society for Electroacoustic Music in the US and at the International Double Reed Society. 

She spends her summers performing orchestra with the McCall Music Festival, chamber music with Assisi Performing Arts in Italy, and in 2019 and 2020 was invited to travel to El Salvador and India as a Teaching Artist with MusAid, an organization that partners with budding socially-minded music education programs across the world. 

Megan is grateful to her mentors at Lawrence University and the University of Iowa, where she completed degrees with honors in Violin Performance and Political Science. 

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When she's not holding a violin, Megan loves gardening, cheering for the Green Bay Packers, and most importantly, adventuring with her husband and fellow artist, David Raba.