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Introducing Megan Wright

1021b photo Megan WrightWhere are you from?

I’m from Plano, Texas, a suburb of Dallas. Shout-out to Plano West Senior High School!

Are you a current Rice student? If not, what is your association with Rice?

I am a freshman at Rice.

Why did you choose to play viola?

Okay, yes, I was one of those kids who started on the violin and then switched to the viola. That’s only because when I began studying music, I had no idea the viola even existed! I played violin for about two years before I switched to viola. The first time I heard a viola played, the instrument’s lush, deep tone captivated me. After hearing that gorgeous sound, I told myself I wanted to be a violist. This also worked out quite nicely because the music program I was involved in at the time needed more violists!

Where and with whom have you previously studied, and who is your current teacher?

I previously studied at the Suzuki Music Institute of Dallas, and then with Ronald Houston during my high school years. I now study with James Dunham.

What do you like about Rice and the Shepherd School of Music?

One of my favorite elements of the Shepherd School is the variety of education levels and diverse backgrounds of my peers. My peers range from underclassmen such as myself, to second year DMA students. It’s wonderful to be challenged by interacting and collaborating with older, experienced students! Everyone is so supportive!

The orchestra program here is so incredible! I am so blessed to be a part of the amazing Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra under Larry Rachleff. Everyone puts so much into orchestra. The energy of each musician’s playing not only during concerts, but also at each rehearsal is simply inspiring.

I’m very appreciative that I am able to continue studies in other academic areas of interest at Rice. I’m currently enrolled in a fascinating writing/linguistics course called “Word Magic.”

What was one of your best musical experiences?

Performing Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 with Alessio Bax in the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra at the Meyerson Symphony Center.

Best awkward stand-partner/ orchestra/ audition experience?

My youth orchestra was touring in Europe, and we performed a concert in a city called Litomyšl in the Czech Republic. One of the pieces on the concert was Pictures at an Exhibition. During the second movement titled, “Gnomus,” our director gave a very enthusiastic upbeat and snorted EXTREMELY loudly. I experienced one of those moments where you just want to start rolling around on the floor, holding your sides laughing but have to hold it in. I was shaking and trying not to breathe for at least the next movement or two in an effort not to burst out laughing!

If you didn’t play the viola, what instrument would you play?

Cello.


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