Violist Dr. Megan Fergusson Yanik enjoys a multifaceted career as both a performer and educator. She has performed with orchestras throughout the United States, including the symphonies of Detroit, Boston, Baltimore, Richmond and Toledo. An avid chamber musician, Dr. Yanik is violist of the Inscape Quartet and has performed on numerous occasions with the Michigan Chamber Players and the Post Classical Ensemble based in Washington, DC. Her festival appearances have included the Wintergreen Performing Arts Festival, American-Romanian festival, Zephyr Chamber Music Festival, Tanglewood Music Center, Aspen, Spoleto USA, and Blossom. She has won prizes in several competitions, including first prize in the National ASTA solo competition.
Dr. Yanik’s educational outreach has included teaching for the Young Audiences program “Bring Back the Music” (Dorchester, MA) and consulting for NPR’s “From the Top”. Dedicated to the education of young people, she also has taught at the Dana Hall School (Wellesley, MA) and served as faculty at Ovations (George Mason University), New England Music Camp, Phoenixfest!, and the Zephyr Chamber Music Festival in Courmayeur, Italy. She frequently gives masterclasses and recitals throughout the U.S., most recently at Towson University, Texas Christian University, the University of Texas, and Virginia Tech.
Dr. Yanik holds degrees in viola performance from Rice University (BM), the New England Conservatory (MM), and the University of Michigan (DMA), where her teachers have included Karen Ritscher, James Dunham, Martha Katz and Yizhak Schotten. She received her Suzuki training from Ronda Cole. Formerly on faculty at Bowling Green State University, Dr. Yanik is currently on the viola faculty at George Mason University and a Teaching Artist at Capitol Hill Arts Workshop in Washington, DC. She has been featured on several recordings, most recently on the Inscape Chamber Orchestra's Grammy Nominated album 'Sprung Rhythm'. This summer she will be on faculty at the Brevard Music Center in Brevard, North Carolina.