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Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 Michelle Merrill to relocate from Jacksonville, conduct DSO in November DETROIT, (October 21, 2014) – Following a nationwide search, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) has selected Michelle Merrill, 30, as Assistant Conductor. She will relocate to Detroit from Jacksonville, Fla. where she guest conducts the Jacksonville Symphony, in addition to her [...]

DSO names new Assistant Conductor

Michael H. Hodges The Detroit News Published: 20 October 2014 11:56PM Link to article here Michelle Merrill joins the Detroit Symphony Orchestra on Tuesday as its new assistant conductor. Merrill comes from Jacksonville, Florida, where for three seasons she was guest conductor at the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. In Detroit, she replaces Teddy Abrams, who [...]

Concert Review: A stunning Shostakovich Fourth from the Meadows Symphony

Scott Cantrell Classical Music Critic Dallas Morning News Published: 19 March 2014 11:44 PM Link to article here   The Meadows Symphony Orchestra, Southern Methodist University’s outstanding student ensemble, has been responsible for some of the most memorable orchestral concerts around here. It added another to the list with Wednesday night’s gripping performance of [...]

Jacksonville Symphony Presents “Mozart’s Magnificent Voyage”

Everbank Family Series Sun, March 16, 2014 at 3 pm Michelle Merrill, conductor Peer into a mysterious chest and travel back in time with Mozart’s young son Karl as he learns about his father’s incredible childhood, his passion for composing and musical genius. Based on the award-winning Classical Kids recordings, Mozart’s Magnificent Voyage is a [...]

Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra’s ‘Messiah’ Dec. 19-20

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 [...]

Philharmonic celebrates ‘Very NEPA Christmas’

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 Named Candidate for Music Director for the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra

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:

Merrill awarded 2013 Ansbacher Fellowship for Young Conductors

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 to guest conduct Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra

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

Dallas Symphony Orchestra recording session

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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.