Megan Shumate Beaumont is a freelance performer and teacher in the New York City area. She plays in orchestras such as the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, Albany Symphony, and American Symphony Orchestra. Megan regularly works as a substitute musician in the Broadway pits for Wicked and Phantom of the Opera. She also plays bass clarinet, e-flat clarinet, and saxophone.
A West Virginia native, Megan has been performing since the age of four. She began her studies with voice and piano before developing a love for the clarinet. In December 2014, she earned her Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from Stony Brook University. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and a Masters of Music degree from Florida State University. Her major clarinet teachers include Alan Kay, Frank Kowalsky, Howard Klug and Eli Eban. As an advocate for new music, she has participated in various commissions and premieres of new works.
In addition to performing, Megan enjoys sharing her love of music with her students. Over the past 15 years, she has taught students from beginner to collegiate level. Dr. Beaumont currently teaches clarinet and saxophone at New York Music School, Encore Music Studio, and NJ Academy of Music. She has been on faculty at the Preparatory Division of Bard College Conservatory of Music teaching clarinet, saxophone, and musicianship and at Bard Summer Music Camps. She has served on adjunct faculty at Georgia College and State University, Mercer University, and Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia, where she taught clarinet lessons and coached chamber music.
When not looking for the perfect reed, Megan enjoys movies, coffee, and spending time with her husband and young son in their NJ home.