First place winner of the National Flute Association Chamber Music Competition, Megan Meisenbach, flutist, has enthralled concert audiences from Massachusetts to Mexico. Cities such as Milwaukee, Dallas, Kansas City, Mobile, Rockport, Lincoln, Pensacola and Houston have hosted her in concert. Through the airing of her live classical performances on National Public Radio and her artistic recordings, Meisenbach has developed an international following of avid listeners. Megan has been repeatedly honored with yearly touring grants from her state and regional touring programs and Megan has been chosen by the National Endowment for the Arts Solo Recitalist Award. Known for her extensive repertoire, she is equally at ease with the masters, Bach to Debussy, as well as talented new composers. Megan has successfully premiered seven exciting compositions, including four commissioned works.
Each year she has returned to many communities and greets others for the first time, fascinating concert-goers who hear melodies spun out effortlessly on a gold flute.
Elaine Barber began her study of the harp at the age of ten, and began playing professionally in her native Mississippi four years later. She earned her master's degree at the Shepherd School of Music of Rice University, studying with Beatrice Rose. Ms. Barber is Principal Harpist for the Austin Symphony and Austin Lyric Opera. She has been a featured soloist at the American Harp Society National Conference, and with the Austin Symphony, the Mississippi Symphony, the Shepherd Symphony, and the Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra. As an orchestral musician Elaine has performed with Spoleto USA, the San Antonio Symphony, the Houston Symphony, the Memphis Symphony, the Alabama Symphony, the Mississippi Symphony and Mississippi Opera. She performs with central Texas chamber music groups such as Cactus Pear Music Festival, Chamber Soloists of Austin, Musical Bridges Around the World, Musical Offerings, Round Top Festival, Salon Concerts, Texas Early Music Project, Victoria Bach Festival and Viola By Choice. She has recorded for the Naxos, Nonesuch and Matador labels, and has premiered solo and chamber works by Peter Stopschinsky, James Sclater, P. Kellach Waddle and Gordon Jones. Elaine maintains a private teaching studio in Austin and has been on the faculty of the Austin Chamber Music Center, the Sewanee Summer Music Festival, the Abilene Summer Music Festival, the University of Texas Harp Camp, and Mississippi College.