Before joining the UNC Charlotte College of Arts + Architecture, Meg Freeman Whalen served as the Director of Public Relations and Community Engagement for the Charlotte Symphony. Prior to joining the Symphony, Meg was a freelance music and dance writer for the Charlotte Observer and the arts editor for Charlotte magazine. She also taught in the music department at Queens University of Charlotte from 1994 to 2013.
In 2006, Meg completed a short history of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, The Sound of Charlotte: The First 75 Years of the Charlotte Symphony. She has presented papers at regional and national conferences of the College Music Society, the North Carolina Association of Historians, and the Society for American Music and has published in scholarly journals such as the Journal of the Conductors’ Guild, the Journal of the North Carolina Association of Historians, and Women of Note. More recently, she contributed the Foreword for North Carolina Musicians: Photographs and Conversations by Daniel Coston (McFarland Press, 2013).
Meg serves as the UNC Charlotte representative on the WFAE Board of Directors. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Tomorrow's R.O.A.D. and the Arts & Science Council Cultural Sector Advisory Council and is an Honorary Board Member of A Sign of the Times of the Carolinas.