Megan Shieh-Cruz is an active freelance percussionist residing in the San Francisco Bay Area, devoted to the performance of Western Contemporary Classical and Afro-Caribbean percussion. She received her bachelor’s degree in percussion performance from UC Davis, studying with Chris Froh, and her master of music degree in percussion performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Music in 2010 under the mentorship of Anthony Di Sanza. Megan performed at PASIC 2009’s Focus Day with the UW-Madison Graduate Percussion Group; she also spent three months at the Toho Gakuen Conservatory of Music in Tokyo as an audit student of marimbist Keiko Abe. She has studied Afro-Cuban and Brazilian percussion with notable Bay Area teachers including Jorge Alabe, Sandy Perez, Michael Spiro, and Derek Wright.
Megan’s solo performance has been critically acclaimed by the San Francisco Classical Voice as having a “dynamic presence.” Locally, she has performed with many ensembles including the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, Empyrean Ensemble, Opera Parallèle, Silicon Valley Symphony, UC Davis Symphony Orchestra, UC Davis University Chorus, UC Berkeley Symphony, Grupo Samba Rio, Maracatu Luta, SambAsia SF, Hexis Duo, and others. Megan teaches percussion, piano, and music theory throughout the South Bay and East Bay areas.