Megan Atchley is a New York based violinist dedicated to creating musical experiences that resonate with her audiences aesthetically, politically and bodily. She performs a wide array of styles from classical to jazz in venues such as Lincoln Center, the Bowery Ballroom and Le Poisson Rouge. As Artistic Director for the Firey Strings Company and a frequent performer with various new music ensembles including Wordless Music Orchestra, ShoutHouse and the International Contemporary Ensemble, Megan is dedicated to creating exciting contemporary music. A committed music educator, Megan founded and directs the violin program at Girls Prep Middle School in addition to holding faculty positions with InterSchool Orchestras and Third Street Music School. As a scholar and passionate feminist, Megan presented a lecture-recital at the 2011 Feminist Theory and Music Conference on the work of Kaija Saariaho. Megan’s credits as a recording artist include releases on Deutsche Grammophon and ShoutHouse. She holds degrees from NYU Steinhardt and Ithaca College.