Megan DeJarnett (b.1995) is a Los Angeles-based composer-trumpeter who has spent her life in the thrall of a good story. Her creative work centers around themes of communication, immersion, empathy, and performer creativity. Megan has dedicated herself to the creation and performance of new music, collaborating with composers and performers around the world as a creator, performer, dancer, and soloist. She has premiered new works across the United States, including at the 2016 National Trumpet Competition and 2018’s California Electronic Music Exchange Concerts. Megan’s creative work focuses on bridging the gaps between composer, performer, and audience through physical, idiomatic, and textual means. She keeps an active commissions calendar and devotes a great deal of time to Letters from the Aftermath, a project exploring the effects of sexual assault and rape culture on society’s victims and casualties.
Megan holds a BM in Theory and Composition from Arizona State University and will graduate from CalArts with her Performer-Composer MFA in May 2019. Her primary teachers include Marc Lowenstein, Matt Barbier, Nicholas Deyoe, Kotoka Suzuki, and Jody Rockmaker. In her free time, you can find her with her nose in a book or causing trouble with extended trumpet techniques. For more information, please visit https://megandejarnett.com.
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“I highly recommend working with Megan!!! She’s fantastic!”
“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.”
“I love how Megan writes music like a blizzard, with all these delightful crunches in it.”
“… a bright and welcome contrast.”