TRUMPETER. EDUCATOR. ENTREPRENEUR.
An experienced and versatile trumpeter, Megan Bailey has appeared in notable performances playing a variety of repertoire ranging from large orchestral works to chamber music and opera. Megan maintains an active freelance performing schedule, appearing with the Dallas Opera Orchestra, Dallas Winds, Monroe Symphony Orchestra, and others. She advanced to the semi-final round of the National Trumpet Competition in 2016 and 2017 as a member of the University of North Texas Large Trumpet Ensemble. In 2016, Megan auditioned successfully to become a member of Center Stage Brass, a Dallas-based brass dectet that emphasizes community outreach, innovative programming, and cultivation of new repertoire. She appeared at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic and Texas Music Educators Association convention on multiple occasions and has performed in master classes for the late Adolph “Bud” Herseth, Tom Hooten, the US Army Brass Quintet, Gábor Tarkövi, Chris Martin, and Phil Smith, to name a few. Megan was a member the North Texas Wind Symphony under Professor Eugene Corporon from 2015-2018 and can be heard on the GIA label Composer’s Collection discs featuring the music of John Mackey and Michael Daugherty as well as “Taylor Made,” “Inventions,” and “Discoveries.”
During her doctoral studies at the University of North Texas, Megan held a Teaching Fellowship. She taught private lessons, coached chamber music, directed trumpet ensembles, led studio class and Departmental, served on audition and jury panels, and assisted with a variety of administrative tasks in the trumpet studio. Additionally, Megan maintains a private studio of middle- and high-school students in the DFW metroplex. Megan was instrumental in the preparation and execution of Center Stage Brass’s first annual summer chamber music camp in 2017 and has served on the faculty of High Plains Music Camp in Hays, KS since 2015.
Megan’s experience in higher education is diverse. During her time at the University of Illinois, Megan gained valuable experience in admissions and recruiting as the Music Admissions Graduate Research Assistant. She has served as the UNT College of Music Senator for Instrumental Studies in the Graduate Student Council since 2016 and in April 2018 was elected Vice President of Communications and Marketing for the UNT Graduate Student Council by the student body. Megan completed a related field in Music Entrepreneurship during her studies at UNT and a marketing internship with the UNT Opera program, where her role focused on growing the program’s patron base and alumni engagement. In addition to her performing duties with Center Stage Brass, she serves as the Business Consultant and Events Coordinator. Current projects include fundraising for CSB’s first CD and incorporating CSB as a 501c3 non-profit organization.
Megan received her Bachelor of Music degree from DePaul University and her Master of Music degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is currently ABD and expects to graduate with her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of North Texas in December 2018. Her primary teachers have been Brad Dawson, Tage Larsen, Matt Lee, Charles Daval, and John Holt.