Dr. Meghan Bennett
Meghan Bennett is the Assistant Professor of Flute at California State University, Fresno. She was awarded top prizes in the South Carolina Flute Society Young Artist Competition, Morning, Afternoon and Eau Claire Music Club Competition, Atlanta Flute Club Young Artist Competition, Flute Society of Kentucky Young Artist Competition and Greater Philadelphia Flute Society Collegiate Young Artist Competition. Bennett has also competed in the National Flute Association Young Artist Competition and the Fischoff Competition.
Passionate about collaborating with communities of color through classical music, Bennett traveled to Chile and Ghana in 2019 for residencies at Centro Cultural San Antonio and the Matic Music Club where she taught flute, music theory and pedagogy classes. Most recently she curated Honesty of Voice, a five-part conversation series targeting a dynamic and diverse set of flutists that shared their journeys through music. In 2020 Bennett developed a four-part Facebook conversation series –– Let’s Talk–– amplifying the Black experience through the lens of classical music.
Dr. Bennett has been a guest soloist with Chamber Music International in Dallas, TX, joined the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players on tour and was principal flutist with Spotlight on Opera in Austin, TX. In addition, she has performed with the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra, Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, Waco Symphony Orchestra, Round Rock Symphony and the Palmetto Opera Orchestra. She has been a recipient of fellowships to attend the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Brevard Music Center, Marrowstone Music Festival, National Music Festival and Spoleto Festival USA.
Bennett previously served on the faculties of Northern Kentucky University, Prairie View A&M University, OrchKids and the Carolina Summer Music Conservatory. She has led master classes, workshops and lectures throughout the nation at Play on Philly, The University of Texas at Austin, Oberlin Conservatory, University of Washington, Princeton University, Baylor University, Pennsylvania State University, FlootFire, among others.
Bennett received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The University of Texas at Austin, Master of Music degree from the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University, and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of South Carolina. Her primary teachers include Marianne Gedigian, Marina Piccinini and Jennifer Parker-Harley.