Coluratura (High) Soprano
Meredith Harrison has an extensive musical performance background. She was born in a musical family and has beeng singing all her life.
Meredith’s grandfather, W.H.Belyea, was a well-known Canadian composer, poet, and voice teacher with internationally renowned
students such as Tracy Dahl. Her grandmother and mother are both skilled accompanists and music teachers. Her great aunt is also a renowned singing instructor and adjudicator across Canada, as well as one of Meredith’s favorite former teachers! Many people liken this family to the famous Von Trapp family of The Sound of Music, as they all sing in choirs, as soloists, or both.
Meredith’s earliest musical training took place at church, beginning with children’s choirs. She simultaneously took advantage of musical opportunities at school, and studied piano privately. These
commitments proved to be long-term, taking her through college and beyond. She continually expanded her musical horizons, joining
handbell choir, youth choir, adult choirs, select school and state choirs, participating in high school musicals, and beginning years of private voice lessons.
In college she studied voice, piano, and guitar, and completed the
requirements for a minor in Music. After graduating and deciding she wanted to pursue Music to a greater degree, she moved to Canada to study voice professionally. She competed in the Winnipeg Music
Festival annually, appeared in productions with Winnipeg Gilbert & Sullivan Society & Manitoba Opera, performed with the professional choir: Canzona, the professional caroling groups: Yuletide Singers, and Four Calling Birds, and was the paid soloist at several local churches. During that time, she also completed her A.R.C.T.
(Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto) in Vocal Performance. She was awarded the Gold Medal for the highest mark across Canada for the year 2005.
Since returning to Knoxville in 2006, Meredith has served as the
soprano soloist at Westminster Presybterian Church where she has been a featured soloist for works such as the Mozart Requiem, the Brahms Requiem, and the Chichester Psalms. She sang the highly technically-demanding soprano role in Knoxville’s first complete
production of the Mozart Mass in c minor (a collaborative effort between Westminster and The Episcopal Church of the Ascension) and also sang in Rutter’s Gloria (Episcopal Church of the Ascension). She has appeared in Knoxville Opera productions of Manon and La Traviata, and with Westminster Players productions of Once Upon A Mattress (Lady Larken), and Brigadoon (Fiona), as well as WPC
Musical Revues. For fun, Meredith frequently sings the national
anthems at Knoxville Ice Bears Hockey games.
Meredith is available to sing for choral concerts, church ceremonies, private parties and sports events. Her caroling group, Four Calling Birds, is available to sing during the holiday season.
For more information please call (865) 387-0876.