Adjunct Artist Teacher of Fiddling
Meghan Perdue, a native of Maryland, is an internationally sought-after performer, recording musician, and teacher. She holds her Bachelor of Music degree from Belmont University in commercial violin performance and a Master of Music degree, also from Belmont, in commercial violin performance with a focus on string pedagogy.
Perdue has studied with world-renowned pedagogues including Alasdair Fraser, Tammy Rogers-King, Hanneke Cassel, Tracy Silverman, Buddy Spicher, Darol Anger, and Harald Haugaard, among many others. She is fluent in a broad range of styles, including classical, Celtic, Scandinavian, jazz, and more.
Perdue's performance abilities have garnered respect from music professionals around the globe. In the words of Celtic-American fiddler Hanneke Cassel, “I’ve been especially excited to see Meghan start finding her own voice since we met in 2006. She is a captivating, soulful performer who is extremely talented and hard-working.”
As a performer, Perdue has appeared in iconic performance venues across the U.S. and abroad in Scotland, Germany, Spain, South Africa, Botswana, and New Zealand, including Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Grand Ole Opry House, the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, and numerous specials aired on PBS. She has performed with such artists such as Ricky Skaggs, Michael W. Smith, Denyse Graves, Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas, Hanneke Cassel, Darol Anger, Bruce Molsky and others.
She is the lead fiddler and arranger for instrumental crossover band Celtic Cross. In addition, she served as the lead fiddler and arranger for the Belmont University World Fiddle Ensemble for six years, the Principal Second Violinist of the Belmont University Symphony Orchestra, and the first violinist of Belmont University's Jazz String Quartet. She has recorded on dozens of full-length albums, EPs, artist singles, video game soundtracks, music videos, and documentary soundtracks for a wide range of artists and composers.
In addition to her performance career, Perdue has become an accomplished pedagogue since she began teaching in 2007. Through working with students ranging in age from 4 years old to adults in private lessons, classes, and at music camps, Perdue has discovered her passion to help others find the joy and value of music in their lives. She desires to someday mentor and educate teachers at the collegiate level.
Perdue is currently on faculty at Vanderbilt University's Blair School of Music, where she teaches fiddle and classical violin lessons and co-teaches the performance group Fiddle Frenzy with senior artist teacher Crystal Plohman Wiegman. She is also on faculty at Belmont University's school of music.
Perdue is studying to receive an Ed.D. degree at Lipscomb University in the Education Leadership program, from which she expects to graduate in 2022.