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Review: Conductor Merrill impresses in debut with WV Symphony

David Williams Gazette-Mail March 4, 2018 Link to original article here   In my 27 years as a music reviewer in Charleston, the West Virginia Symphony has only had a woman as a guest conductor when that woman was auditioning for the music director’s position. Kayoko Dan conducted in September 2016, and Babara Yahr back […]

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New symphony leader chosen

Coastal Illustrated December 5, 2017 Link to original article here   When the Coastal Symphony of Georgia announced the impending retirement of its musical director and conductor, Maestro Luis Haza, members of its search committee immediately got to work to select a new leader for the only symphony orchestra between Savannah and Jacksonville, Fla. Michelle […]

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Michelle Merrill to replace Luis Haza as symphony conductor, music director

Lindsey Adkison The Brunswick News November 30, 2017 Link to article here For many music lovers in the community, the name Luis Haza has become synonymous with the Coastal Symphony of Georgia. For the last five years, the Cuban conductor and world-renowned violinist has served as music director for the orchestra, leading the concerts as […]

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Interview: Guest conductor Michelle Merrill steps up to the podium for Oklahoma City Philharmonic’s Classics series

Brandy McDonnell The Oklahoman/NewsOK November 12, 2017 Link to article here Female guest conductor Michelle Merrill to step up to podium in OKC Considering she found her inspiration in a childhood bag of Halloween candy, it’s probably not a stretch to call Michelle Merrill’s career a treat. “I was trick-or-treating, I was 7 or 8, […]

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In A Male-Dominated Profession, One Woman Shares Her Challenges As A Conductor

Friday, March 3, 2017 | Sacramento, CA | Listen to radio interview here The Sacramento Philharmonic has a special performance March 4 featuring guest conductor Michelle Merrill from the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. The show will be at the Sacramento Community Center Theater at 8 p.m. Merrill is among a small contingent of female conductors nationwide […]

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Conducting energy: DSO’s Michelle Merrill

Associate Conductor Muses Over Music, Not Gender Feb. 16, 2017 by Leslie D. Green Link to original article here When Michelle Merrill was riding barrels on her quarter horse Falcon Prince at age 5, she thought she wanted to be a veterinarian or zoologist one day, maybe even a teacher. Born in Dallas, Merrill, who […]

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A Q&A with Michelle Merrill

Feb. 16, 2017 by Leslie D. Green Link to original article here   Who was, or has been, the biggest influence on your life? “Definitely my band director when I was in high school. He was a fabulous musician, a percussionist. We lived in a tiny, tiny town, and there weren’t a lot of private […]

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DSO heads home for the holidays with Broadway vet in tow

Mark Stryker Detroit Free Press Staff Writer 12:06 a.m. EST December 14, 2016 Link to article here   CLASSICAL The Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s annual “Home for the Holidays” concerts are among the ensemble’s most popular offerings. And why not? The programs always feature a well-chosen blend of familiar and not-so-familiar seasonal staples and light classics, and […]

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Boise Philharmonic, Merrill took flight with Tchaikovsky No. 4

Dana Oland Idaho Statesman doland@idahostatesman.com October 23, 2016 2:40 PM Link to article here   The Boise Philharmonic’s music director search continued with a nearly pyrotechnic performance under the baton of finalist Michelle Merrill. The tall Texan brought with her an incredibly powerful, big program punctuated by the epic Tchaikovsky Fourth Symphony. She showed complete […]

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Next up on the Boise Philharmonic podium: Michelle Merrill

Dana Oland Idaho Statesman doland@idahostatesman.com October 20, 2016 2:29 PM Link to article here Guest conductor Michelle Merrill is one of seven candidates for the Boise Philharmonic’s music director position. She will lead the orchestra for her program that ends with Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 Halloween is a special time of year for conductor Michelle […]

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