Megan DeJarnett (ey/they, b.1995) is an interdisciplinary narrative artist whose work centers around themes of communication, immersion, empathy, and performer creativity. Hailed as having “a keen affinity for vulnerability, in both [eir]self and others,” eir musical catalog contains both traditional works and pieces exploring sexual assault, rape culture, trauma, gender, and recovery, often for use in interdisciplinary contexts. Megan collaborates with artists as a composer, performer, dancer, director, and soloist with a singular goal: to create and present new works that stretch an audience’s emotional capacity while reminding them of their humanity. They have premiered new works across the United States, including at the International Women’s Brass Conference, National Trumpet Competition, and California Electronic Music Exchange Concerts. Megan keeps an active commissions calendar and particularly enjoys working with student ensembles and early-career creatives.
Megan holds an MFA from the Performer-Composer program at CalArts and a BM in Theory and Composition from Arizona State University. Eir primary teachers (and major inspirations) include Mattie Barbier, Nicholas Deyoe, Tim Feeney, Kotoka Suzuki, and Jody Rockmaker. Ey currently live in Tempe, Arizona, where ey teach adjunct in the Maricopa County Community College District. In their free time, you can find them with their nose in a book or causing trouble with extended trumpet techniques. For more information, please visit https://megandejarnett.com.
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