Clarinetist Megan Beaumont is a freelance performer and teacher in New York City. She regularly plays in the pit for Wicked on Broadway, and in orchestras such as American Symphony Orchestra, Metro Chamber Orchestra, and Bard College Conductor's Institute Orchestra. 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 completed 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 has a strong passion for teaching. Over the past decade, she has taught students from beginner to collegiate level. Dr. Beaumont is on faculty at the Preparatory Division of Bard College Conservatory of Music teaching clarinet, saxophone, and musicianship. She teaches at Bard Summer Music Camps and 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 riding her bike.