Megan Vinther is a Seattle area musician, composer, and music educator who is passionate about creating welcoming communities through music. She has taught band, orchestra, and guitar in secondary public schools since 2003. Megan is currently the director of instrumental music at Everett High School in Everett, Washington, where she directs jazz band, two concert bands, string orchestra, and percussion ensemble. Megan also conducts the Edmonds Concert Band at Edmonds College. Her jazz bands, concert bands, and orchestras have consistently earned top marks at regional festivals, and she is regularly asked to act as a clinician and adjudicator for jazz and concert band festivals. 
Career teaching highlights include participating in the 2015 Swing Central competition in Savannah, GA, presenting at the WMEA Conference in 2020 on “The Art of Being a Female Band Director,” and collaborating with the Seattle JazzED Girls Ellington Project for the premiere of her jazz suite “Salish” in 2023.
Megan holds a B. Mus. Ed. and M. Mus. Ed. from the University of Oregon. Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Megan has spent the entirety of her career in Washington and Oregon. Her compositions have been performed regularly by ensembles across the country. Working with groups on commissions is one of her favorite ways to create music. Recent commissions by the Wintergrass Youth Orchestra, North County Honor Band, and Bluegene Brass Quintet have been met with delight by conductors, performers, and audiences alike.
In her free time, Megan enjoys performing with her Celtic band – The Stumbling Fiddler, spending time on the water, and traveling. Megan and her husband/musical partner, Nick, have three children, two cats, and a dog named Murphy.

Recent Performances:
NAfME All-NW Conference – Murphy’s Walk: Kingston High School Performance
NAfME All-NW Conference – Salish, True Joy: Jazz Reading Session
Mid-South Horn Workshop – Rising Hope (for six horns): University of Arkansas Community Horn Choir
University of the Pacific Brass Day – Rising Hope (brass quintet and for six horns): Mass Brass Choir
Jackson High School – Everett, WA: Who Sings When Skies are Gray
Auburn Riverside High School – Auburn, WA: Brigid of Kildare
Sheldon High School – Eugene, OR: Who Sings When Skies are Gray
North County Honor Band – Battle Ground, WA: Nisqually Glacier Views (world premiere)
Seattle Jazz Ed Girls’ Ellington Band – Seattle WA: Salish Jazz Suite (world premiere)
Wintergrass Festival Youth Orchestra 2023 – Li’l Liza Jane (world premiere)