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From the Mischa Elman Distance Learning Studio at Manhattan School of Music, Kenneth Merrill instructs Cassandra Lemoine, a voice student at Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen. In this clip, they discuss mental preparation and the idea of “visualizing” music before actually singing it.
Recorded Date: 14-01-2016
In addition to his teaching at Manhattan School of Music (Accompanying, German Vocal Literature, Advanced Vocal Literature), Mr. Merrill is on the faculty of the Juilliard School Vocal Arts department. He is also associated with the Aspen Music Festival, where he is head coach of the Aspen Opera Theater Center. He has also been a visiting lecturer at Princeton University, a visiting artist at the New National Theater of Tokyo, and a coach at the Chatauqua Institution Voice Program.
As pianist he has appeared in concert with such artists as Gérard Souzay, Anna Moffo, Robert Merrill, Eleanor Steber, James King, Jan DeGaetani, John Aler, Neil Rosenshein, Faith Esham, Anthony Dean Griffey, Charlotte Hellekant, Mary Ann McCormick, Randall Scarlata, Jennifer Aylmer, William Ferguson, and Jeanette Thompson. He has appeared in concert presentations of Regina Resnik Presents: Beethoven in Song, The Classic Kurt Weill, and The Gypsy in Classical Song, which were videotaped for broadcast on CUNY TV.
As conductor of opera, he has led Handel’s Giulio Cesare with the University of Maryland Opera Studio and Rossini’s La Cenerentola with the Juilliard Opera Center. He has also conducted many operas with the Juilliard Opera Workshop, including Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Albert Herring, Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, Thomson’s The Mother of Us All, Cavalli’s La Doriclea and La Calisto, Mozart’s Così fan Tutte, Le Nozze di Figaro, and Die Zauberflöte, and Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas.