Dr. Meghan Merciers

Dr. Meghan Merciers is Assistant Professor of Music at the University of North Alabama where she teaches clarinet, saxophone, and music theory.  She is an active soloist and chamber musician, frequently premiering new chamber and multimedia works, most recently at ClarinetFest 2013 in Assisi, Italy.  Dr. Merciers was a guest soloist and chamber musician at the Montana/Idaho Clarinet Festival in October 2011.  Her orchestral experience includes playing in the Lansing, Jackson, and Plymouth Symphony Orchestras of mid-Michigan as well as the French-American Chamber Orchestra in Flint, MI and Limonest, France.

In demand as a clinician, Dr. Merciers has given numerous single-reed masterclasses throughout the United States.  She was also a lecturer and performer-in-residence at the Conservatoire de Musique in Courbevoie, France in April 2012 and Conservatoire de Limonest outside Lyon, France in 2012 and 2010.  Dr. Merciers previously taught at Albion College (MI), the Flint School of Performing Arts (MI), and Cadek Conservatory of Music (TN). 

Also an avid scholar, Dr. Merciers’ dissertation, “Beginning Clarinet Methods since 1980:  A Select Detailed Guide,” fills a void in the pedagogical indexes available to music educators.  A secondary area of research involves healthy musicianship, particularly the role of somatic function in clarinet and saxophone playing.  In January 2013, she presented on the topic of practicing more effectively at the First Annual Mid-Michigan Band and Orchestra Day in Flint, MI.

Meghan Merciers received a Doctor of Musical Arts in Clarinet Performance from Michigan State University in May 2011, where she studied with Dr. Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr.  Dr. Merciers earned a Master of Music in Clarinet Performance with Honors at The University of New Mexico, where she was mentored by Professor Keith Lemmons.  She graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Clarinet Performance magna cum laude from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga as a student of Dr. Peter Temko and Dr. Nikolasa Tejero.