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The Flutist

The Flutist
Posted on 09/27/2018
Golden High School graduate and flutist Megan Doyle performs a classical solo piece at the Jeffco Ed Center in Golden.Megan Doyle was on her way to a special concert she was performing just for those at the Jeffco Ed Center in Golden. Megan, a recent graduate of Golden High School, has left Jeffco Public Schools behind to pursue a major in music education at Colorado State University. Her instrument of choice, the flute, is her passion in life.

“It’s exhilarating. There’s so much going through your brain all at once because it’s just so much to remember,” said Doyle. “Not only are you doing stuff in your brain, but you’re also doing stuff with your hands. Trying to put as much emotion into it as you can. It speaks so much louder than words.”

Flipping through the pages of her life, it’s easy to see what led her on a path to become such a talented flutist. Her whole family is musical. For Megan, it really began when she was a Jeffco fifth-grader.
“In elementary school, they introduced the idea of the recorder and I was so excited to play my own instrument,” she said.

She was so excited in fact, she wanted to keep playing it.

“My teacher told me I couldn’t play the recorder in the band, and I was devastated,” Doyle said laughing. “She told me the flute was very similar so I moved to the flute and it was a great choice.”

Doyle studied using the Suzuki method, producing sound in a balanced and natural way, and she couldn’t get enough.

“As I moved through middle school and high school, it was just a ton of fun. I met a lot of people through music. It really just connects people from any kind of background and I just fell in love with it,” she said.

Her growing ability got her noticed, and before long she branched out from the Golden High School Orchestra to playing with a number of different orchestras throughout the metro area. One highlight was landing a Young Artist Scholarship. Another was a solo spot with the Denver Concert Band for a performance at the Lone Tree Arts Center.

“You get to dress up in not-solid-black and go out on the stage. Everyone in the audience is looking directly at you and not just listening; they’re also watching everything you do. That’s crazy. I’m so glad I got to do that,” said Doyle.

Once she finishes college, she’s hoping to continue on as a music teacher, maybe right back where she started in Jeffco.

“I get to help these kids that don’t really like any other part of their day. Music is a place where they can find that freedom. I can’t imagine my life without some kind of music,” she said. “Man, I really could do this for the rest of my life.”

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