Megan Chartier
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Megan Chartier

Megan C.

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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
As a cellist with 20 years of playing experience, I am a passionate cellist of many orchestras around the US and an even more passionate teacher. I enjoy helping students of all ages and levels!

In addition to your lessons, you'll be granted access to my supplemental recordings for personal practice, making your practice routine feel like you're playing with others!

Lesson Duration Recommendations:
30 min for beginners
45 min for beginner-intermediate
60 for intermediate-advanced

About Megan C.

Megan is an internationally performing cellist hailing from Detroit, Michigan. Currently residing in Austin, Texas, she enjoys sharing her musical passion with students and on stage all over the country. In her free time, Megan spends her time drawing and reading.

She has most recently served as Principal Cellist of the Miami Symphony Orchestra, Principal Cellist of the Pacific Region International Summer Music Academy in Canada, Guest Principal Cellist of Opera San Luis Obispo and State Street Ballet in Santa Barbara, California, and Assistant Principal Cellist of South Florida Symphony. She has performed with orchestras including the San Antonio Symphony, Waco Symphony, Palm Beach Symphony Orchestra, Nu Deco Ensemble, Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, The Villages Philharmonic, and the Brevard Music Center Orchestra in Brevard, NC. She has also appeared recently as a soloist with the Miami Music Festival Orchestra and the Eastern Michigan University Symphony Orchestra. She was recently named a semi-finalist in the 2017 PRISMA Concerto competition, 1st prize winner of the Ann Arbor Society of Musical Arts’ 2015 Young Artist Competition and a winner of the 2015 Miami Music Festival Concerto Competition, conducted by Grzegorz Nowak of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

She has performed on stage with Plácido Domingo, Carter Brey, Andres Cardenes, and Audra McDonald as well as on tour with nationally recognized artists including Michael Bublé, Il Volo, and the Trans Siberian Orchestra.

Ms. C. has maintained cello studios in Texas, Michigan, Florida, and online for all levels. Besides maintaining a private studio, her teaching experience has included volunteer teaching work in the Austin, TX region and the Ann Arbor School District. She has also recently served as a chamber coach at the PhoenixPhest! Chamber Music Festival for 2014 and 2015 seasons and has served as cello instructor and chamber coach at the Ann Arbor Piano Teacher's Guild Chamber Music Festival.

Ms. C holds a Master of Music in Performance from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and a Bachelor of Music in Performance from Eastern Michigan University.

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Kodiak C.
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Great!

Posted Sep 14, 2020
Lily
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Megan is an excellent instructor and particularly good with children.

Posted Aug 31, 2020
Darlene G.
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Pushes me but in a positive and encouraging way. The few classes I’ve had, my family keeps praising me on how much better i’be gotten. I am encouraged and motivated! So glad I decided it was time to look for another instructor, cause I was ready to hand in my bow! Happy, happy!

Posted Aug 7, 2020
Claire Elliott
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i loved the lesson

Posted Jun 24, 2020
Claire Elliott
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thank you Lottie loved it

Posted Jun 10, 2020
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Posted Jun 1, 2020
Kevin D.
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Excellent instructor for adults. She has a great curriculum for adult students that really dives into techniques for making great sounds. I was concerned about having an online-only instructor, but she is able to pinpoint exactly what I can improve and explain it in a way that I can use to make adjustments. After several lessons, I would recommend her over an in-person instructor because it forces me to focus on the right posture and movements.

Posted May 26, 2020
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Chloe C.
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Very professional, knowledgeable and patient .

Posted Apr 9, 2020
Kelsie Scott
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Megan is amazing! I was so nervous to start taking lessons, especially online, but she has made the process so easy! She is very patient and adapts well to her students pace. You can tell this is a passion for her, not just a side gig. She is very knowledgeable and wants to help you excel. The online process is also really great, I was nervous about it not being hands on, but it is so convenient and Megan is really good at showing you what you need to do and explaining things. TAKE THE LESSONS, you will LOVE it!

Posted Mar 30, 2020
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Candice G.
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Great lesson!

Posted Sep 26, 2019
Lily S.
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Megan is a very patient, wonderfully talented teacher. I look forward to each lesson.

Posted Jul 26, 2019
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Posted Jul 14, 2019
Brittney
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you are amazing

Posted Jun 24, 2019
Emily
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It was a wonderful first lesson! She gave me wonderful advice and things to work on next time! Will continue!

Posted Jun 24, 2019
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Posted Jun 24, 2019
Brittney
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your amazing

Posted May 13, 2019
Emilio
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Great first lesson

Posted May 8, 2019
Cory
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Very patient and knowledgeable. Looking forward to the next lesson.

Posted Mar 7, 2019
Brittney
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Megan is a very enthusiastic and encouraging teacher. My daughter just loves her lessons.

Posted Mar 4, 2019
Charlotte
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We love Megan! My daughter is so excited before each lesson and Megan is very kind and patient with her. I wish I’d found her sooner.

Posted Feb 15, 2019
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Posted Jan 28, 2019
Alana S.
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Megan provides cello lessons for my son. She is professional, patient, friendly, energetic, and knowledgeable. Her instruction is clear and concise. Megan is an AWESOME INSTRUCTOR.

Posted Jan 9, 2019
Gladys
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Megan was wonderful. She put me at ease immediately and worked skillfully and gently to assess my skill level. I played when I was in school nearly 3 decades ago and wanted to remember the joy again of playing. I had forgotten a lot of what I had learned, but knew that with the right teacher, she could help me regain that. And I am hopeful she will help me with that. This was my first lesson, but I am looking forward to all of the ones to come. - Thank you so much Megan!

Posted Jan 8, 2019
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Posted Dec 10, 2018
Drew S.
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Great 1st lesson!!!!

Posted Nov 11, 2018
Blake
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Megan is about as perfect a teach as I could ever ask for! Such lovely, bright, calm energy! She is kind, gentle, intuitive, knowledgeable and clearly loves to play AND teach the cello.

Posted Aug 24, 2018
David
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She was great

Posted Aug 20, 2018
Blake
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Megan was perfect! Kind, informative, helpful, comfortable, warm and genuine with great energy. She made my first lesson a breeze, accessible and inspiring. Can’t wait for my next one!

Posted Jul 19, 2018
David
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SHE IS THE BEST!!! She helped me have more confidence in my playing and she fixed all of my main problems! Megan is the best instructor ever

Posted Jul 5, 2018
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Rebecca
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Megan was both professional and congenial. She gave a lot of information, all of it necessary. I left feeling hopeful and encouraged rather than overwhelmed. She’s an excellent teacher and charming woman. Can’t wait for my next lesson!

Posted Jan 11, 2018
Leslie R.
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She is awesome

Posted Dec 6, 2017
Yoon K.
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Our 12 year old daughter Jaime has been taking Cello Lesson’s with Megan online and we have found that not only is she an excellent teacher but she is also an excellent role model with a positive attitude. She is very supportive and helps Jaime build self-confidence in her playing which also translates to every day life.She first started taking online lessons with Megan temporarily while we were traveling but when we came back we found Jaime Learned from Megan’s online lessons better then she did from our teacher Who would travel to our house.We would recommend her to anybody and everybody but hopefully you won’t use her because we would like to keep her to jaime for as long as possible. :)

Posted Nov 12, 2017
Dana S.
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She has been the most instructive, professional, and engaging teacher. She has given me specific, detailed instruction and reasons for all her directions. She has taught me more than any of my past teachers. She is also fun and friendly. She is doing a beautiful job.

Posted Oct 24, 2017
Brooke
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Megan is patient and encouraging. Taking up cello after over 20 years was daunting, but she has put me at ease.

Posted Oct 23, 2017
Leslie R.
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She is awesome!!!!

Posted Oct 18, 2017
Lou

Megan has been great

Posted Oct 18, 2017
Jennifer B.
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Posted Oct 18, 2017
JoAnn E.
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Megan,

Is very knowledgeable about playing the cello and the techniques that are needed to become a better player. Enjoyed my lesson. Thank you.

Posted Sep 4, 2017
Julie
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Posted Jul 29, 2017
Liz S.
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Megan is extremely patient with an adult beginner but not afraid to jump right into serious technique concepts.

Posted Jul 5, 2017
Craig M.
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Michael
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Wonderful first experience with the cello. Thank you Megan for making it fun and easy for me and my girls.

Posted Jan 29, 2017
Sarahi
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I loved my first lesson! Had a great time. Felt very relaxed. Megan is a great teacher. Bert patient and pleasant. She took her time to explain. I'm so excited and looking forward to our next lesson!

Posted May 28, 2016
Julie M.
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Megan Chartier is a professional cellist, and in combination with this has the rare ability to be a sensitive and thoughtful teacher. In a short time Megan took me from a complete beginner to understanding complex concepts covering all aspects of playing the cello. Her basic instruction, as well as insights to guide my understanding of how to hold the bow properly, correct finger position, swinging movements, appropriate weight, etc, took me further than I imagined. Throughout our lessons Megan stay tuned in to my instructional level, while accelerating my understanding of how to move towards excellence. Megan truly exemplifies "beginning with the end in mind." I highly recommend Megan as a Cello instructor.

Posted Aug 27, 2015

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Experience

Extra Cello
Jan 2019 - Present

San Antonio Symphony

San Antonio, TX

Section Cello
Jan 2017 - Jul 2018

Nu Deco Ensemble

Miami, FL

Assistant Principal Cello
Feb 2016 - Jul 2018

South Florida Symphony

Miami, FL

Principal Cello
Jun 2017 - Jun 2017

Pacific Region International Summer Music Academy

Powell River, BC, Canada

Guest Principal Cello
Dec 2016 - Dec 2016

Opera San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo, CA

Principal Cello
Sep 2015 - Sep 2016

Miami Symphony Orchestra

Miami, FL

Private Cello Teacher and Chamber Coach
Aug 2015 - Aug 2015

Ann Arbor Summer Piano Ensemble Camp

Ann Arbor, MI

Chamber Coach and Intern
May 2014 - May 2015

PhoenixPhest Chamber Music Festival

Ann Arbor, MI

Education

Master of Music in Cello Performance
Sep 2013 - May 2015

University of Michigan

Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance
Sep 2009 - May 2013

Eastern Michigan University

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

German

Limited Proficiency

Awards

Semi-Finalist in Concerto Competition
Jun 2017

Pacific Region International Summer Music Academy

Concerto Competition Winner
Jul 2015

Miami Summer Music Festival

Young Artist Competition 1st Prize Winner
Feb 2015

Ann Arbor Society for Music Arts

Concerto Competition Winner
Nov 2012

Eastern Michigan University

1st Prize Winner
Mar 2012

Barry Manilow Competition / Eastern Michigan University

Affiliations

American String Teachers Association
Sep 2009
The American String Teachers Association, founded more than 60 years ago, is a membership organization for string and orchestra teachers and players, helping them to develop and refine their careers. ASTA's members range from budding student teachers to artist-status performers. The organization provides a vast array of services, including instrument insurance, an award-winning scholarly journal, discounts on publications and resources, annual professional development opportunities, and access to collegial network of colleagues throughout the string profession.

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