Megan DeJarnett is a Los Angeles-based composer-trumpeter who has spent her life in the thrall of a good story. Throughout her musical training, she has prioritized communication – the composer telling a story to the performer or audience through the score, the performer commenting on the music aurally or visually, and the audience’s response to a piece all figure prominently in her creative practice. Megan has dedicated herself to the creation and performance of new music, collaborating with composers around the world as a soloist and a co-founder of Phantom Collective, a student-run chamber brass ensemble at CalArts. She has performed with Wayne Bergeron and Summit Brass and premiered new works across the United States, including at the 2016 National Trumpet Competition. Her primary teachers include Edward Carroll, Matt Barbier, Kotoka Suzuki, Jody Rockmaker, and Marc Lowenstein. Megan’s creative work focuses on bridging the gaps between composer, performer, and audience through physical, idiomatic, and textual means.

Megan holds a BM in Theory and Composition from Arizona State University and is currently in pursuit of her MFA in the Performer-Composer program at CalArts. She is constantly seeking out new collaborators; her work can be found at https://megandejarnett.com.

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“I highly recommend working with Megan!!! She’s fantastic!”

Jeremiah Jacks, director of bands at Spring View Middle School

“Whether delicately sewn or boisterously uprooted, Megan’s creative practice consistently upturns a soil rich in expressive detail. Her capacity to nurture a tender, budding seed matches her wildest winds and quakes – forms and sonic eruptions emerge as outgrowths of clear trajectory. Megan prunes down to the articulation and masterfully landscapes entire forms.”

Cameron Robello, composer

“I love how Megan writes music like a blizzard, with all these delightful crunches in it.”

Dr. Alex Wilson, professor of trumpet at Grand Valley State University

“… a bright and welcome contrast.”

Paul Muller, writer, Sequenza 21
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