Chicago based soprano Megan Besley is a highly lauded and versatile performer. She has been engaged for performances ranging from opera to art song and pops concerts to jazz. Megan has performed as a soloist with many opera companies, incuding Glimmerglass Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Opera Omaha and the Aix en Provence Festival (France). She has also been a featured soloist with the Rockford Symphony, Miami Symphony, Palm Beach Symphony, Omaha Symphony, Chorus of Westerly and Waterbury Symphony, singing the soprano solos in works such as Gloria (Poulenc), Messiah (Handel), Knoxville: Summer of 1915 (Barber), Ein Deutsches Requiem (Brahms), and Exsultate and Jubilate (Mozart). An experienced recitalist, she has performed art song recitals for The Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago, Glimmerglass Opera’s Recital Series, Florida Grand Opera’s Recital Series, Freeport Community Concert Series, and the Palm Beach Symphony. Special honors have included: LidalNorth Competition Winner, Concert Artist Guild Competition Finalist, Eleanor McCollum Competition Finalist, MacAllister Opera Competition Semi-Finalist, and Anna Sosenko foundation grant winner. In addition to her vocal pursuits, she is an experienced educator and Adjunct Professor in Chicago. Megan received her training from the University of Michigan and Northern Illinois University.