Megan Chartier

Megan C.

Austin, TX
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
As a cellist with 20 years of playing experience, I am a passionate principal cellist of many orchestras around the US and an even more passionate teacher. I enjoy helping students of all ages and levels!
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Megan delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 9+

Teaching since:
September 2008

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 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 Michigan, Florida, and online for all levels. Besides maintaining a private studio, her teaching experience has included volunteer work in 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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Section Cello
Jan 2017 - Present
Nu Deco Ensemble

Miami, FL

Assistant Principal Cello
Feb 2016 - Present
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


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


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency


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


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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Finding your passion is important!

Finding your passion is important!

Megan has recently served as Principal Cello of the Miami Symphony Orchestra

Megan Chartier, cello
Grzegorz Nowak, conductor
Miami Summer Music Festival Orchestra
Recent recital performance - March 2015

Megan's performance for the University of Michigan's String Showcase in Ann Arbor, MI, January 2015
Lecturing at Eastern Michigan University's Undergraduate Symposium in Ypsilanti, MI, March 2011

String quartet performance in Miami, FL, July 2015

Photo by Megan C.
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33 Reviews

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Brittney May 13, 2019
Cello · Online

your amazing

Emilio May 8, 2019
Cello · Online

Great first lesson

Cory Mar 7, 2019
Cello · Online

Very patient and knowledgeable. Looking forward to the next lesson.

Brittney Mar 4, 2019
Cello · Online

Megan is a very enthusiastic and encouraging teacher. My daughter just loves her lessons.

Charlotte Feb 15, 2019
Cello · Online

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.

Brittney Jan 28, 2019
Cello · Online

Gregory S. Jan 9, 2019
Cello · Online

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.

Gladys Jan 8, 2019
Cello · In home

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!

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Lisa Dec 10, 2018
Cello · Online

Drew S. Nov 11, 2018
Cello · Online

Great 1st lesson!!!!

Blake Aug 24, 2018
Cello · In studio

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.

David Aug 20, 2018
Cello · Online

She was great

Blake Jul 19, 2018
Cello · In studio

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!

David Jul 5, 2018
Cello · Online

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

LeAnn Jun 5, 2018
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Lisa Feb 5, 2018
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Liz S. Jan 16, 2018
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Suzanne Valentine Jan 16, 2018
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Rebecca Jan 11, 2018
Cello · In home

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!

Leslie R. Dec 6, 2017
Cello · Online

She is awesome

Yoon K. Nov 12, 2017
Cello · Online

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. :)

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Dana S. Oct 24, 2017
Cello · Online

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.

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Brooke Oct 23, 2017
Cello · In studio

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

Leslie R. Oct 18, 2017
Cello · Online

She is awesome!!!!

Lou Oct 18, 2017

Megan has been great

Jennifer B. Oct 18, 2017
Cello · Online

JoAnn E. Sep 4, 2017
Cello · Online


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

Julie Jul 29, 2017
Cello · Online

Liz S. Jul 5, 2017
Cello · Online

Megan is extremely patient with an adult beginner but not afraid to jump right into serious technique concepts.

Craig M. Mar 25, 2017
Cello · Online

Michael Jan 29, 2017
Cello · Online

Wonderful first experience with the cello. Thank you Megan for making it fun and easy for me and my girls.

Sarahi May 28, 2016
Cello · In studio

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!

Julie M. Aug 27, 2015
Cello · In studio

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.

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