MUC Megan Sesma
Chief Musician Megan Sesma, harp, joined the U.S. Coast Guard Band in 2003 as the first enlisted harpist in the Band's history. She has performed in venues ranging from Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, Russia, the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, Carnegie Hall in New York, and numerous concert halls in South America. Her experience has placed her under the batons of some great conductors ranging from Neeme Jarvi and Yuri Temirkanov to John Williams and Jerry Goldsmith. 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. As a part of a consortium, MUC Sesma commissioned Daniel Burton to arrange the Star-Spangled Banner and America the Beautiful for the Armed Forces Harp Sextet, which premiered in June 2020. September 2020 included performances and masterclasses at the 5th Annual Buenos Aires Harp Week in Buenos Aires, Argentina. March 2019 included a week-long chamber and orchestra performances for the Festival International de musique Saint-Georges in Guadeloupe, France. Chief Sesma was the 2013 recipient of the Latina Style Award for the Coast Guard, an honor presented annually to only one active duty female in the Coast Guard. MUC Sesma holds a Bachelor of Music from the Eastman School of Music, Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Rochester, Master’s Degree in harp performance from New York University, and a Certificate in Women’s Leadership from the Yale School of Management. MUC Sesma was the 2nd Vice President and Northeast Regional Director for the American Harp Society from (2014-2020). She teaches harp at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Connecticut College in New London, and Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. She is also often heard performing with the New Haven Symphony, Rhode Island Philharmonic, Hartford Symphony, Bridgeport Symphony, and other regional orchestras.