Flute, Director of Chamber Ensembles
A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, flutist Meghan Jacoby has performed as a chamber and orchestral musician throughout the US, England, Italy, Mexico, Costa Rica, Peru, and Cuba. Currently, she freelances throughout the greater Boston area and has performed with the Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP), Symphony by the Sea, and with the Portland, Indian Hill, Cape Cod, New Bedford, Atlantic, and Cape Ann Symphony Orchestras. Meghan has also performed with the Boston-area chamber groups Callithumpian Consort, Radius Ensemble, and the Vento Chiaro Woodwind Quintet. A new music enthusiast, Meghan has performed at the New Music Forum's Festival of Contemporary Music in Oakland, California, the Society of Composers, Inc. convention in New York, New Music Brandeis, Boston New Music Initiative, Center for New Music in San Francisco, and Brave New Works. She has also been a guest artist at the International Festival of Flutists in Lima, Peru. Meghan was a three-time finalist in Boston’s James Pappoutsakis Memorial Flute Competition and was named 2nd Prize Winner in the 2012 Kentucky Flute Society’s Piccolo Competition. Meghan served on the faculty at the Longy School of Music of Bard College’s Community Programs for seven years until the program’s closing and currently is on faculty at Powers Music School, Winchester Community Music School, Phillips Academy Andover, Concord Academy, and the Cremona International Music Academy in Cremona, Italy. Her primary teachers include Linda Toote, Robert Willoughby, and Trevor Wye. Meghan holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from Boston University.
My goal as a teacher is to help each student become the best musician they can be, whether this is for the pure enjoyment of playing an instrument, winning an audition for a youth orchestra, gaining entrance into music school, or picking up their instrument after a 30-year hiatus. I enjoy meeting students at all levels of ability and guiding them through to the next level of playing and performing. I am a passionate pedagogue and take pride in solving problems and making sure students have a solid understanding of fundamentals.
Lessons are structured to help students become well-rounded flutists. Each week, students prepare tone exercises, scales, finger exercises/technical patterns, etudes, and solo repertoire. Sight-reading is also a part of every lesson. Music theory and history are discussed when appropriate, usually in some form at each lesson, in order to help students develop a deeper understanding and appreciation for the music they are studying. Proper posture, hand position, and breathing are also carefully approached subjects. Much attention is paid to intonation and musicality, no matter the experience level of the student. Careful focus on all of these aspects of flute playing and musicianship from the very beginning of a student’s study ensures proper fundamentals and a solid set-up for whichever path music may take them in life. I believe strongly in a methodical approach to learning, and I carefully discuss how to practice with my students. Conversations about practice strategies and practice routines are tailored to each student.