Megan Israel Gryder earned her Bachelors of Music in Flute Performance at the University of Maryland, where she studied with the principal flutist of the National Symphony Orchestra, Aaron Goldman. She performed regularly at UMD with their Symphony Orchestra, Wind Orchestra, Maryland Opera Studio, and top-ranked chamber groups. She also holds a B.A. in Production Studies in the Performing Arts from Clemson University, where she studied acting, stage presence, and set/prop design. At Clemson, she played flute for the Clemson University Symphony Orchestra and participated in pit orchestras and special projects, one of which traveled to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. Megan has performed locally in the Masterwork Festival with members of the Avanti Orchestra and the Friday Morning Music Club, the Maryland Band Directors Band, and was a soloist for several concertos at Montgomery College. She has performed in masterclasses with renowned flutists including Marina Piccinini, Chris Norman, Laurie Sokoloff, Jonathan Snowden, and Tadeu Coelho. Megan enjoys teaching flute lessons to students of all ages in the greater DC area. She encourages her own students to attend local flute events and to strive for opportunities to perform, inspiring the next generation of flutists towards musicality and stage presence in addition to skill.
Megan fell in love with chamber music at the University of Maryland and started Harmonia Harp & Flute with harpist Samantha Bittle, offering gorgeous chamber music for special occasions.
When she is not performing or teaching flute lessons, Megan is a freelance visual artist.