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Meredith Connie : Pedagogical Artist

Making music is about making connections with audiences and other musicians. For me, making music and composing music is a way to create a portal or door into a sound world peopled with creatures, landscapes and literature transformed into musical ideas.

Random Audio Sample: In the wild : for solo guitar and narrator by Meredith Connie, from the CD Fairy Tales Monsters and Wild Animals

Photo of Meredith Connie

Photo: Meredith Connie

Meredith Connie is a recent transplant to Melbourne. Originally from Australia, Meredith began her studies in guitar there, attending the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, before moving to the US to pursue guitar performance and instruction. During that time early childhood pedagogy and composition both began to play a larger and larger role in her career; her compositions reflect this, as well as her long lasting passion for chamber music and collaborations with other artists.

She holds two master's degrees, a research master's in Musicology (MPhil) from the University of Sydney and a performance master's from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (MMus).

Composition is a way for Meredith to explore more facets of the music making process; often a mix of two different mediums, her works have featured combinations of live and manipulated sound, text and music, as well as a collage technique of layering up improvised live tracks. The incorporation of other media, such as children's poetry, or the sounds of waves crashing and sea lions calling, breaks open the world of sound and offers audiences another way in, and, best of all, creates another way to communicate those worlds to fresh ears.

Meredith received two commissions in 2016, composing a new work for Guitar Trio for the Annual Symposium of New Music for Young People (Weston, Massachuests); and a new work for Guitar Ensemble for the 17th Biennial Suzuki Association of the Americas (Minneapolis, Minnesota).

Meredith Connie — current to September 2017

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Digital sheet music sample Mosquito Stomp : guitar trio (2015) Commisiosned for 17th Biennial Suzuki Association of the Americas (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
Digital sheet music sample Tiddalik : for guitar trio (2015) 38th Annual Seminar on Contemporary Music for the Young, The Rivers School Conservatory, Weston MA USA