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Petoskey News-Review By Mary Jane Doerr Click here for a direct link to the article online. Music lovers will relish a chance to celebrate the holiday season with Handel’s “Messiah” and its glorious “Hallelujah Chorus” — especially in the acoustical brilliance of Petoskey’s St. Francis Xavier Church. This season the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra [...]
By Kristen Gaydos (Staff Writer) Citizens Voice, Wilkes-Barre, PA Published: December 5, 2013 Click here for a direct link to the article online. While guest artists have helped create wonderful past Christmas concerts, the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic will highlight local talents this time around. “We’re bringing it back to NEPA,” said assistant conductor Michelle Merrill. [...]
Michelle Merrill has been invited as one of the Music Director Candidates for the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra. This season, she will lead the ensemble in performances of Handel’s Messiah. For concert details please visit: http://www.glcorchestra.org/concerts.html
Michelle Merrill has been awarded a 2013 Ansbacher Conducting Fellowship as selected by the American Austrian Foundation and members of the Vienna Philharmonic. This fellowship provides promising young conductors from the United States the opportunity to spend four weeks at the Salzburg Festival observing the world’s leading conductors and artists at work during rehearsals and performances. [...]
Michelle Merrill will guest conduct the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra at the annual Jacksonville Jazz Festival on May 25th. Special guest artist is renowned contemporary jazz singer Rachelle Ferrell. Click here for Festival Information
I recently had the fantastic opportunity to assist my former teacher, Paul Phillips, at a recording session of Mahler’s 6th Symphony with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. It was a fabulous weekend of performances under the baton of Maestro Jaap van Zweden, and should lead to a great CD.
Images from the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic’s Holiday Concert “An Appalachian Christmas” with guest Grammy-Award winning artist Mark O’Connor
By Josh McAuliffe (Staff Writer, Scranton Times-Tribune) Published: December 11, 2012 Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic’s annual Holiday Pops concert is getting an injection of old-timey, yet sophisticated, charm this year, courtesy of Grammy Award-winning violinist and composer Mark O’Connor. Read Full Article
Recent SMU Meadows Music grad was offered the position following national auditions in mid-September October 02, 2012 Michelle Merrill (B.M. in Music Education and B.M. in Saxophone Performance, ’06, and M.M. in Music Education and M.M. in Orchestral Conducting, ’12), has been appointed Apprentice Conductor of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic. She was offered the position [...]
Michelle Merrill, who is pursuing a Master of Music degree in orchestral conducting at SMU Meadows School of the Arts, was named one of four winners of the ninth annual International Conductors Workshop and Competition held January 13-16 at Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia. She was the only American among the winners.