Samuel Baron Prize
Christina McGann has been a featured performer at the Kennedy Center, the Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center, New York City’s Merkin Hall, Symphony Space, and Bargemusic, and at various venues throughout the U.S., Korea, El Salvador, and Europe. She has also performed concertos with orchestras including the National Symphony Orchestra, the Richardson Symphony, Musica Bella Orchestra in New York, the Moldovan Chamber Orchestra, the National Chamber Orchestra in Washington D.C., Ohio University New Music Ensemble, and the St. Petersburg Academic Symphony in Russia. In 2014, she assumed the position of "Adjunct Artist of Violin" at Vanderbilt University.
McGann has had great success at national and international competitions, winning top prizes at the National Symphony Young Soloist Competition, the Lennox Competition, the Ackerman Chamber Music Competition with Trio Artica, and the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, junior division. She was awarded Stony Brook's prestigious Baron Prize in 2015 as well as Third Prize at the Johansen International Competition and Second Prize at Chamber Music Yellow Springs with the iO Quartet.
McGann holds both B.M. and M.M. degrees in violin performance from The Juilliard School, where she was accepted with Presidential Distinction. Her principal teachers include Ronald Copes, Victor Danchenko, Robert Mann, and Donald Weilerstein. Christina recedived her D.M.A. from SUNY Stony Brook under the guidance of Soovin Kim, Philip Setzer, and Hagai Shaham.
Also an avid educator, McGann began her teaching career in New York City as a Juilliard Morse Fellow — a program that places Juilliard students who are extensively trained as artist-educators into public school classrooms on a weekly basis throughout the school year. In addition to private teaching experience, McGann taught as part of Juilliard’s Instrumental Music Program, has been on faculty at Brooklyn College Preparatory, coached chamber music as a graduate assistant at SUNY-Purchas,e and received her Suzuki pedagogy training through all books at New York City’s School for Strings. She has also served as Artist in Residence at Ohio University School of Music.
McGann is also a sought-after orchestral musician, and has been guest concertmaster of the National Philharmonic Orchestra and the Cape Cod Symphony.