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Megan Ihnen

New Orleans, LA            

Megan Ihnen is a “new music force of nature.” Her performances thrive on elaborate sound worlds and fully-developed dramatic interpretations. Passionate about performing contemporary chamber music and opera, Megan has worked with individuals and ensembles around the globe including: International Contemporary Ensemble, Fifth House Ensemble, Great Noise Ensemble, Rhymes With Opera, and Synchromy. She is deeply committed to the belief that new music should be performed and loved in communities of all sizes. She has recently traveled to and performed on SPLICE Festival, Oh My Ears, ÆPEX Contemporary Performance, Detroit New Music “Strange Beautiful Music Marathon”, Omaha Under the Radar Festival, Works and Process at the Guggenheim Series, and New Music Gathering. Her voice and saxophone duo Megan Ihnen & Alan Theisen present… has traveled to twenty four cities in the US since 2017. Learn more about Megan at meganihnen.com.

Articles by Megan Ihnen:

Articles December 7 2017 | By Megan Ihnen
Burnout is a b****. Let’s avoid it.

Megan Ihnen was worried. Getting mired in small tasks without a big vision kept her incessantly “busy” but accomplishing very little until she felt completely burnt out. In the end,...

Articles January 13 2015 | By Megan Ihnen
Whose Job Is It To Teach Audience Experience?

When we perform with care for the holistic audience experience as well as care for the composer’s works, we can create a "social act" that is akin to magic.

Articles December 22 2014 | By Megan Ihnen
Everything is real. There is no audience.

It is absolutely reductive to think of music being solely either for the performer or for the audience. This is a both/and situation because we all get something different out...

Articles December 15 2014 | By Megan Ihnen
The Audience: More Than Money and Applause

The whys and hows of romancing your fans and serving your ticket buyers.

Articles December 8 2014 | By Megan Ihnen
The Performer, the Audience, and the Measure of Success

Does the new music performance belong to the performer, the audience, or both? Both points of view, though conflicting, are necessary to uplift the other party and elevate both the...