Megan DeJarnett (she/her, 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 an MFA from the Performer-Composer program at CalArts a BM in Theory and Composition from Arizona State University. Her primary teachers (and major inspirations) include Matt BarbierNicholas Deyoe, Tim FeeneyKotoka 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!”

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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