A native of Dallas, Texas, violist Dr. Megan Chisom began studying the violin at the age of six in a public-school Suzuki strings program. Since agreeing to “try on” the viola at the age of twelve, she has performed across the United States as a chamber and orchestral musician. Currently, she is a member of the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera, where she is also music librarian. In recent years, Megan has performed as chamber music artist-in-residence at Piedmont College, principal viola of the Spartanburg Philharmonic, and as a member of the Greenville Symphony Orchestra, in addition to serving on the faculty of Erskine College as instructor of violin and viola. She joined the faculty of Lee University in the Fall of 2015 as instructor of viola, and began teaching viola at Chattanooga State Community College in 2016. With wide-ranging repertoire interests, Megan is a frequent collaborator in chamber music performances throughout the Southeast, in addition to keeping an active solo and orchestral performance schedule. In 2011, she toured Italy as principal viola of the ARCO Chamber Orchestra, an ensemble with which she has recorded extensively on the Phoenix USA label. She is also a Suzuki-trained teacher, and maintains an active studio where enjoys working with private students and chamber music groups of all ages. Megan is a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in viola performance from the University of Texas at Austin, and Master’s and Doctoral degrees in viola performance from the University of Georgia, with a doctoral minor in music theory. Find out more about her playing and teaching at meganchisom.com.