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Megan Ihnen

New Orleans, LA            

Megan Ihnen is a “new music force of nature.” The act of live performance is integral to Megan’s work and her performances thrive on elaborate sound worlds and fully-developed dramatic interpretations. Through narrative and non-narrative musical storytelling, she explores the subjects of memory, nostalgia, the perception of time, and relationships. Whether through chamber music, staged recitals, opera, or large ensemble soloist work, she emphasizes the full range of vocal sounds, timbres, colors, and uses that characterize the 21st century voice.

 

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Articles October 22 2020
Aja Burrell Wood, Susan Wegleitner, and Joseph Young join the New Music USA Board of Directors

New Music USA announces three new appointments to its Board of Directors: Aja Burrell Wood, Susan Wegleitner, and Joseph Young. This follows the recent appointment of Co-Chairs Reena Esmail and Joe...

NewMusicBox June 16 2020
Meet the New Music USA Board Co-Chairs Reena Esmail and Joe Walker

Reena Esmail and Joe Walker’s co-chairing partnership will increase New Music USA’s capacity to draw from multiple perspectives as the organization responds to the shifting needs of the new music...

Headlines June 16 2020
New Music USA Unites Talents of Two Incoming Co-Chairs in New Leadership Model

New Music USA announces today its new Board leadership model which unites the talents of composer Reena Esmail and business executive Joe Walker as co-chairs of this national organization embarking on a new phase of development. 

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...