Visiting Assistant Professor of Viola
Christina McGann has been a featured performer at the Kennedy Center, the Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center, New York City’s Merkin Hall, Symphony Space, and Bargemusic, and at various venues throughout the U.S., Korea, El Salvador, and Europe. She has also performed concertos with orchestras including the National Symphony Orchestra, the Richardson Symphony, Musica Bella Orchestra in New York, the Moldovan Chamber Orchestra, the National Chamber Orchestra in Washington D.C., Ohio University New Music Ensemble, and the St. Petersburg Academic Symphony in Russia.
McGann has been awarded prizes at the Johansen International Competition, the National Symphony Young Soloist Competition, the Lennox Competition, the Ackerman Chamber Music Competition with Trio Artica, Chamber Music Yellow Springs with the iO Quartet, and the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition.
McGann holds both B.Mus. and M.Mus. degrees in violin performance from The Juilliard School, where she was accepted with Presidential Distinction. Her foundational teachers include Ronald Copes, Victor Danchenko, Robert Mann, and Donald Weilerstein. She also completed her doctoral degree at SUNY Stony Brook under the guidance of Soovin Kim, Philip Setzer, and Hagai Shaham.
Also an avid educator, McGann began her teaching career in New York as a Juilliard Morse Fellow, a program that brings Juilliard students extensively trained as artist-educators into public school classrooms on a weekly basis throughout the school year. In addition to private teaching experience, McGann taught as part of Juilliard’s Instrumental Music Program, has been on faculty at Brooklyn College Preparatory, coached chamber music as a graduate assistant at SUNY-Purchase, received her Suzuki pedagogy training through all books at New York City’s School for Strings, and has served as Artist in Residence at Ohio University School of Music.
McGann is currently Visiting Assistant Professor of Viola and Violin at the Blair School at Vanderbilt University. In addition to chamber music and recital engagements, she is Concertmaster of the Nashville Opera Orchestra and the violist of the Blair String Quartet.