Patrick Merrill, piano faculty

Harford County native Patrick Merrill began his formal musical training at the Maryland Conservatory of Music in Bel Air, Maryland. His private studies with Maryland Conservatory founder and director, Dr. Duke Thompson, continued into his high school years at the Baltimore School for the Arts. In 2013, Mr. Merrill completed his undergraduate degree in piano performance at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University in the studio of Ms. Yong Hi Moon. In 2008, he was given first prize at the Marian Garcia Piano Competition, and in 2012 he won the Maryland state division of the Music Teachers National Association. Mr. Merrill has adjudicated the Maryland State Music Teachers Association Solo Piano Competition, the Miriam Gottlieb Memorial Piano Competition, and the Greater Laurel Piano Teacher’s Association Kirchoff and Concerto Competitions.

A Baroque enthusiast, Mr. Merrill completed his Master’s degree at Peabody in harpsichord performance in 2015 under Dr. Adam Pearl. In 2016, he won second prize at the eighth Mae and Irving Jurow International Harpsichord Competition. As a harpsichordist, he has participated in masterclasses with Davitt Moroney and Trevor Pinnock on antique instruments, served as accompanist at the Amherst Early Music Winter Workshop and the Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute, and coached ensembles for Capitol Early Music. His continuo work includes appearances with Pennsylvania Philharmonic, the Washington Chamber Orchestra, the Bach in Baltimore series, the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra, and the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra. He also co-founded and performs with the Baltimore-based early music ensemble S’amusant.

In addition to private teaching, Mr. Merrill serves on the faculty of the department of music at the George Washington University and Baltimore School for the Arts. He is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts in harpsichord performance at Peabody, for which he is a recipient of the Peabody Dean’s DMA Fellowship. Mr. Merrill also serves as the organist at Bel Air United Methodist Church.

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