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MUC Megan Sesma

MU1 SesmaOne of the most exciting and sought after harpists in the New England area, Chief Musician Megan Sesma continues to garner numerous accolades. Her experience has placed her under the batons of some of music’s greatest luminaries, including Neeme Jarvi, Yuri Termirkanov, John Williams, and Jerry Goldsmith. No less an innovator when it comes to the harp’s expressive and stylistic possibilities, MUC Sesma has also shared the stage with such legends of contemporary and popular music as Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock, Diana Krall, and Dianne Reeves. She spent the summer of 2002 touring Russia and Armenia with the American Russian Young Artists Orchestra and performing for the Bard Conductors/Composers Institute in New York. She appears regularly across North America, Mexico, and Guatemala as a solo performer, chamber musician, and orchestral harpist. In addition to her position as principal harpist with the Coast Guard Band, she substitutes with the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra, the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. She is the first harpist to serve as an active duty member of the United States Coast Guard Band since its creation in 1925. MUC Sesma was born in Iowa and raised in Las Vegas. She attended the Las Vegas Academy of International Studies and Performing Arts, where she was elected Student Body President. In her senior year she was chosen for a command performance for the state of Nevada, and she attended the Interlochen Arts Camp as the 1997 Governor’s Scholar. She received a Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Rochester. She became a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Southern California in the fall of 2002, beginning her studies for a master’s degree in music. MUC Sesma is on faculty at the Centerbrook Music School in Connecticut and is President of the Shoreline Chapter of the American Harp Society.

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