Megan Arns is a percussionist, ethnomusicologist, and educator with a diverse set of skills and a driven passion for her craft. She recently joined the music faculty of the University of Missouri in Columbia, MO as an Assistant Teaching Professor of Percussion. Megan previously served on the faculty of Mansfield University in Mansfield, PA and the National Music Conservatory in Amman, Jordan where she was also the Principal Timpanist of the Amman Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, she has performed with the Tallahassee, Sarasota, Northwest Florida, Albany, Southern Tier and Macon Symphony Orchestras.
Active as a contemporary chamber percussionist, Megan’s recent highlights include collaborative performances in India, Jordan, Costa Rica, Ghana, and the United States at venues such as the Kennedy Center, Millennium Park, Smithsonian Institution, and the Percussive Arts Society International Convention. She is an advocate for the creation of new music, co-commissioning and premiering works by notable composers such as John Luther Adams, Alejandro Viñao, Halim El-Dahb, Steven Snowden, Adam Silverman, David Skidmore, Ivan Trevino and Brian Nozny. Megan regularly performs with two contemporary chamber groups: the [Switch~ Ensemble] in residence at the Eastman Computer Music Center and What is Noise from Florida State University.
She also has extensive experience in the field of marching percussion, serving as the Front Ensemble Instructor of the Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps for the 2008-09 seasons and receiving the distinguished Mike Laporta Percussion Award as a performing member of the Santa Clara Vanguard from 2005-06. She is currently acting as a consultant for Gateway Indoor Percussion, a World-Class WGI group.
Megan is a candidate for a D.M.A. in Percussion Performance & Literature and received a M.A. in Ethnomusicology at the Eastman School of Music. She was also awarded performance degrees from Florida State University and Truman State University, where she was recognized as a Presser Scholar. Her primary teachers include Michael Burritt, John W. Parks IV, Michael Bump, Bill Cahn, and Nyoman Suadin. An active member of the Percussive Arts Society, Megan is the editor for Rhythm! Scene, a new online publication. She endorses Vic Firth Sticks & Mallets and Pearl/Adams Musical Instruments.