A passionate ambassador of classical music, violinist Monique Mead has established an international presence as a musician, educator, and innovator. Her audience-centered programs draw thousands of new concertgoers annually and create relevance for classical music in the 21st century.
Violinist, Presenter, Educator
Carnegie Mellon School of Music
As Director of Music Entrepreneurship and Assistant Teaching Professor, Monique Mead has developed a curriculum based on experiential learning that fosters student initiatives throughout Pittsburgh's diverse community and provides project-based internships with major arts organizations. She collaborates with dedicated administrators and faculty to offer insight to professional life and help students take an innovative approach in crafting unique musical paths. She also coaches individual musicians wishing to expand their musical reach.
Rancho La Puerta Chamber Music Festival
From February 13-20, 2021, Monique directs the 5th annual Chamber Music Festival at Rancho la Puerta, just voted the #1 Destination Spa by Travel & Leisure Magazine. This season features an all-star cast of musicians including the Gryphon Trio, WindSync, Jon Kimura Parker, and Aloysia Friedmann. The week features nightly concerts, and live music in nature settings in addition to a complete wellness program, this offers guests the unique opportunity to dine and interact with top-tier artists in a serene setting. To learn more, visit Rancho la Puerta Website.
Beethoven in the Face of Adversity
Celebrating the indomitable spirit that lives within all of us, Monique recently performed 50 performances of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in 250 days for people facing adversities of all kinds. The final celebration took place in on December 16, 2019 in Pittsburgh's Carnegie Music Hall, kicking off Beethoven’s 250th birthday year with a performance of the Beethoven Concerto with the Edgewood Symphony and performances by diverse community groups, including Mariachi International de Pittsburgh, the Bruderhof Choir, and Congolese singers. Visit the website to view the tour, see a documentary video, or read the blog.
Strings @ NatureBridge
As Founder and Director of Strings@NatureBridge, Monique partners with the Port Angeles Symphony to promote young talent by providing an immersive experience of music and nature at its best in the beautiful setting of Olympic National Park. High school strings students spend five days polishing their technique, playing chamber music, creating music videos, exploring nature, and making friends. She is committed to making a high-level music camp experience accessible to musicians living in isolated communities. To sponsor a student or learn more about the camp, visit the website.