Carnegie Mellon University

School of Music

Where artistry and innovation share center stage

Megan Grady

Megan Grady

Director of Recruitment & Enrollment, Music

5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Originally from Fairfax, Virginia, Megan joined the Carnegie Mellon University School of Music in March 2019. Her prior experience includes roles in music admission at the University of Puget Sound, Cornish College of the Arts, and Florida State University. She has also worked in music administration at Pacific Lutheran University and in alumni relations at The College of William & Mary. She holds lifetime memberships in Pi Kappa Lambda Honor Society, Delta Omicron International Music Fraternity, and maintains current memberships with the International Clarinet Association, NACAC, and Music Admission Roundtable. In the School of Music, she serves as co-chair of the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee.

Megan continued her performance career as a professional clarinetist, most recently performing with the Olympia Symphony Orchestra and the Seattle Wind Symphony. She has been a featured soloist with the Washington Wind Symphony, Pacific Lutheran University Wind Ensemble, and William & Mary Symphony Orchestra. Megan's primary teachers include Larry Bocaner, Patti Carlson, Dr. Deborah Bish, and Dr. Frank Kowalsky.

She enjoys spending time at her home in Forest Hills with her wife and gaggle of pets, foster cats, and wildlife. Megan is an avid reader and enjoys hiking and visiting National Parks. 


Master of Public Management, Carnegie Mellon University (in progress)
Master of Music in Clarinet Performance, Florida State University
Certificate in Leading for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, University of Michigan
Bachelor of Arts in Music, The College of William & Mary


The Journal of College Admission Counseling (NACAC), co-author,  "Intersections of Special Populations" 
Modern Musicking Center, "Learning about the Admission Process"
Majoring in Music, "Essays, Personal Statements, and Résumés for Music Students"
AWSOM, "Beginning the College Search for Music"
AWSOM, "Busting Myths: Starving Artists Aren't Real"