Megan Mason is Assistant Professor and Head of the Chamber Music Program at Southern Virginia University. She is also Adjunct Viola Faculty at Washington & Lee University. Previously, she was Head of the Viola Department of the Suzuki Strings School at the Gifted Music School in Salt Lake City, Utah. While there, she also co-founded Viola Band, an interactive, improvisatory performance group for young violists. She still acts as Director of Summer Camps, fostering creativity and a love of playful learning through the arts. Ms. Mason currently holds the position of Orchestra Coordinator for the Intermountain Suzuki String Institute. A sought-after violist, she has been Principal Violist of the Ballet West Orchestra, a member of the Orchestra at Temple Square, a composer and arranger, a busy recording artist, and Founding Violist of the internationally-renowned Tesla Quartet, with whom she won the Gold Medal at the 2012 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition and prizes from the 2012 London and 2013 Bordeaux International String Quartet Competitions. Ms. Mason has been a guest performer and/or educator at festivals in Utah, Colorado, Nevada, Michigan, Montreal, New York, California, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, France, England, and Germany. She holds degrees from the University of Michigan and the Julliard School and completed a three-year professional residency at the University of Colorado at Boulder, studying under the world-renowned Takacs Quartet. Ms. Mason plays on a viola generously loaned by the Rashid Foundation.