A dedicated and energetic instructor, Megan Hofeldt is committed to instilling a life-long love of music and learning in each of her students. Based in Western Iowa, Megan currently teaches individual and group lessons to students of all ages and levels at her home studio.
Prior to her recent move, Megan was the Instructor of Flute at Central College in Pella, Iowa from 2016-2019. During this time, she taught lessons to music majors and minors, conducted the Central College Flute Ensemble, served as Principal Flute and Manager of the Central College-Community Orchestra and taught on the faculty of the Central Music Academy for high school students.
Megan was also a member of the faculty at Grand View University in Des Moines from 2018-2019 where she taught flute lessons to music majors and non-majors and created the Central Iowa Flute Workshop, a day-long community event that concluded in her organizing and conducting a 70-person flute choir performance.
A sought-after adjudicator, Megan serves annually as a judge for the Perry Band Olympics and also regularly judges the Junior and Senior Divisions of the Flute Wonders Competition at the Iowa Flute Festival. Megan was also recently invited to the Wisconsin Flute Festival to judge the preliminary round of Collegiate Competition and final round of the Junior Competition.
Megan’s additional teaching experience includes: Instructor of Flute at West Music Conservatory in Coralville, IA (2007-2015), Adjunct Instructor of Flute at Culver-Stockton College in Canton, MO (2011), Founder and Conductor of the West Music Flute Choir (2008-2014), conductor of the New Horizons Flute Ensemble at the Iowa City Senior Center (2007-2009). She has taught master classes at the University of Iowa Summer Music Camp, Cornell College Flute Day, Urbandale High School, Iowa City School District, West Music Conservatory, and Solon Elementary Band.
As an active and versatile performer, Megan was appointed Principal Flute of the Ottumwa Symphony Orchestra in 2018 after serving as Second Flute/Piccolo and Substitute Principal since 2005. She has been featured as a concerto soloist with the Ottumwa Symphony Orchestra, Central College-Community Orchestra, Central College Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and Grand View University Wind Ensemble.
Megan also enjoys frequent chamber music collaborations with her colleagues. She is a founding member of the Ceres Flutes with Sonja Giles (Iowa State University/Des Moines Symphony), Kim Helton (Simpson College/Orchestra Iowa) and Rose Bishop (Coe College/Southeast Iowa Symphony). The group’s debut season is titled “HERoic” and features the music of living female composers along with video interviews of these composers describing their works and creative process.
Megan has performed chamber flute music at the Wisconsin Flute Festival, Iowa Flute Festival, Iowa State University, Simpson College, Coe College, Central College, Grand View University, West Music Conservatory, Clarke University and Culver-Stockton College. She was formerly Principal Flute and Piccolo with the Southeast Iowa Band, the University of Iowa Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra, and was featured as Principal Flute for the University of Iowa Symphony Band's 2008 performance at Carnegie Hall.
In addition to teaching and performing, Megan is experienced in guiding students and performers through the flute selection process. She is a firm believer that with professional assistance every player can find an instrument that fits his or her unique musical voice and aspirations. Megan served as the Inventory Specialist for the North American headquarters of Miyazawa Flutes, Trevor James Flutes, and Hammig Piccolos from 2010-2013. Her responsibilities included international shipping and receiving, flute and piccolo insurance appraisals, traveling to national flute conferences, assisting with marketing materials, and testing prototypes of new headjoints and flute models.
Megan continues to work for Miyazawa Flutes as a sales representative at the annual National Flute Association Convention as well as test play and offer feedback on protypes of Miyazawa and Trevor James flutes and headjoints.
Education and Instruments
Megan holds her Master of Arts and Bachelor of Music degrees in Flute Performance from the University of Iowa. Her primary teachers include Gro Sandvik, Tamara Thweatt, Nicole Esposito, and Linda Nielsen. She performs on a Miyazawa Limited Edition Anniversary Model flute with a platinum riser, a Hammig piccolo, and Yamaha bass flute.