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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. […]

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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.  […]

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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.

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Michelle Merrill Wins Conducting Appointment With Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic

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 […]

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Michelle Merrill Wins International Conducting Competition

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.

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Year in Review: Classical-music organizations have money troubles but great performances

Scott Cantrell Classical Music Critic Dallas Morning News scantrell@dallasnews.com Published: 21 December 2011 05:23 PM Updated: 27 December 2011 10:44 AM Link to article here.   In a stubbornly sluggish economy, the Dallas Symphony and Dallas Opera both ran up multimillion-dollar deficits, while smaller groups hung on for dear life. The DSO and the Van […]

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Classical music review: Another stimulating concert by Voices of Change

Scott Cantrell Classical Music Critic Dallas Morning News scantrell@dallasnews.com Published: 06 November 2011 11:05 PM Updated: 07 November 2011 07:46 PM Link to article here.   Music from the last 20 years, plus some “legacy works” from as far back as the 1930s, made for a particularly stimulating Voices of Change concert Sunday evening. Opening […]

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Concert Review: Eastman School of Music Summer Conducting Institute Concert

By Paloma Capanna Paloma Capanna City Newspaper Rochester, NY scantrell@dallasnews.com Published: 22 July 2011 9:53 AM Chaowen Ting and Michelle Merrill are up-and-coming conductors of note – so take note. The Eastman Summer Conducting Institute takes place for five 11-hour days, culminating in a public performance with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. Five of the institute […]

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