Ms. Shanley sang into her flute to produce surreal, eerie timbres.
— New York Times

As an international concert soloist and New York Times reviewed artist, Dr. Meghan Shanley is a thriving independent flutist and artist-teacher in the Washington DC area. The UK Financial Times hailed her as “play[ing] sensitively” and the New York Times wrote, “Ms. Shanley sang into her flute to produce surreal, eerie timbres.”

Since moving to Maryland, Dr. Shanley soloed in a double concerto with world-famous flutist, Giuseppe Nova and the Romanian National Philharmonic Orchestra at the Alba Music Festival in Italy. She also performed with well-known artists eighth blackbird, Windscape, and the Aeolus Quartet. With a passion for contemporary chamber music, she recently co-founded Balance Campaign – a new music ensemble dedicated to showcasing works by living composers, directing composition workshops, and commissioning new works. In addition, she played with the boutique opera company, DC Public Opera, and plays regularly with Opera Camerata of Washington.


Dr. Shanley maintains an active private lesson studio, and she believes in immersing her students in a challenging and supportive musical community. She introduces them to local and national flute performances and events while successfully empowering her students to confidently perform in recitals, audition for youth orchestras, and enter competitions. Her students have successfully auditioned for college music schools and programs, Maryland Classic Youth Orchestra, Potomac Valley Youth Orchestra, D.C. Youth Orchestra, and Maryland All State Bands. She is also Adjunct Faculty at International School of Music and Norwood School, and has taught at such prestigious schools as Holton-Arms School.

A University of Maryland alumnus, Dr. Shanley obtained her Doctor of Musical Arts degree as a member of the studio of Aaron Goldman, Principal flutist of the National Symphony Orchestra. She received her Masters degree from the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College,  and her Bachelors degree from New York University. Past teachers include Dr. Tara Helen O’Connor, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Kathleen Nester, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Sue Ann Kahn, and Alison Hubbard.