Principal Timpani Sherry Martin Knott Endowed Chair
Originally from Churchton, Maryland, Meagan Gillis currently serves as principal timpanist of the Spokane Symphony. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from the University of Maryland and a Master’s in Timpani Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music as a student of Paul Yancich (Cleveland Orchestra). She additionally holds the position of Principal Timpanist with the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, and has previously performed with the Auckland Philharmonia, Cleveland Orchestra, Columbus Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony, and Mansfield Symphony Orchestra.
In addition to timpani, Meagan has performed extensively on the xylophone. Since 2014, she has been a member of Music Under New York, the primary organization for New York’s subway performing acts. Meagan has also recorded and toured extensively with the contemporary jug band Bones Jugs, and can be heard on their albums Don’t Waste a Drop and Rag Day 2. She has also performed with transatlantic dance music group Hess Is More, most notably at the Kennedy Center(DC) and National Sawdust(NYC), and additionally has worked with acclaimed comedian Cole Escola.