Dr. Megan McDevitt is currently a performer and teacher of double bass in the Ann Arbor area, and recently completed her DMA in bass performance under Dr. Diana Gannett at the University of Michigan. In the summer of 2017, she will be packing up moving to Buffalo, New York to continue her performing and teaching career in the Western New York community. Born and raised in San Francisco, Megan has worked extensively as an orchestral musician, having performed regularly with the bass sections of the Stockton Symphony as well as those of Oakland, Berkeley, Silicon Valley, Marin, Santa Rosa, Ann Arbor, Lansing Symphonies, among others. Megan studied with Barry Green with whom she worked at the University of California at Santa Cruz, where she received her Bachelor of Music with Honors, and continued on to her Master of Music with Scott Pingel at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Other influences include Christopher Hanulik and Eugene Levinson, with whom Megan studied at the Aspen Music Festival. For many years, Megan has performed in the Mendocino Music Festival Orchestra, and since 2012 has spent summers as a faculty member at Golden Gate Bass Camp in San Francisco.
Recently, Megan’s interest has turned to new music, working closely with composers via solo bass and chamber music commissions and performing with Ann Arbor’s ÆPEX Ensemble. Megan has been a fellow at the New Music Workshop at Yale’s Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, where she worked with young composers to realize their works, and this summer will be a fellow at the Future Music Lab at the Atlantic Music Festival, where she will explore music performance technologies in partnership with IRCAM in Paris. Her passion for teaching brought her to the role of the classical bass instructor for the Young Musicians Choral Orchestra in Berkeley, California, whose mission is to provide musical education and college preparation for financially challenged but highly talented junior high and high school students. She continues to educate and inspire through her thriving private studio and her work with the Musical Artist Citizens program in Ann Arbor.
Although prolific as a classical bassist, Megan also enjoys playing outside the genre, and has performed onstage with bands including Chicago, the Fifth Dimension, and Sting as a member of the Magik*Magik Orchestra. Megan has previously been a member of an Americana band, and she has been known to cover Radiohead on her recitals.