The Week-Long Residency Features a Free Community Concert and Professional-Level Workshops for Blackburn Students and the Public
The Blackburn College Department of Music & Theatre continues its Guest Artist Series on February 6 – 10, 2023, featuring Los Angeles-based professional singer, actor, and teacher Meredith Pyle. The week-long residency at Blackburn will include educational opportunities open to the public and conclude with a free community concert.
Known for her “vocal chameleon” versatility and strong musicianship, Pyle is a full-time singer, voice teacher, and on-camera actress. During her Blackburn residency, Pyle will lead a Masterclass on Tuesday, February 7, and a presentation of “Don’t Sing It If You Don’t Mean It” on Thursday, February 9, both at 4:30 p.m. The week-long residency concludes with a free community concert Friday, February 10, at 7:00 p.m. The classes and performances will be held in Bothwell Auditorium and are open to the public. She also will have open rehearsals throughout the week, preparing for her concert and allowing students and the public to observe the unfolding of an artistic process. Dr. Joseph Welch, Professor of Music at Blackburn College, will accompany Pyle on piano.
Raven Brooks, Music Faculty Assistant, explained, “We are thrilled to have Meredith with us for the Guest Artist Series. It’s almost unbelievable that someone as talented as her will work with Blackburn students. We expect to learn so much through her masterclass, presentation, and open rehearsals.”
As a singer, Pyle works primarily as a score vocalist for film and television projects such as “Doctor Strange,” “Frozen 2,” “Mulan,” “Sing 2,” and “Minions.” Additional credits include appearances on “The Ellen Show,” NBC’s “The Real O’Neals,” TV Land’s “Jennifer Falls,” and she competed with her a cappella group ‘Snow Problem’ on The CW’s “Christmas Caroler Challenge.” She is on the roster of the award-winning ensemble ‘Tonality,’ a group using the art of choral music to promote social justice. She sings regularly with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, LA Master Chorale, and many churches and synagogues around Los Angeles. As a teacher, Pyle currently serves on the voice faculty at USC and Pepperdine and works extensively with Harvard-Westlake school. She is an active member of the National Association for Teachers of Singing and has a thriving private voice studio.
“Blackburn’s Guest Artist Series offers something for every music lover – an array of styles and professional backgrounds,” Welch said, “We are excited to share artists of this caliber with our students and hope that all of campus and the Carlinville community can join us for these free events.”
The Guest Artist Series launched in the fall of 2022 as part of Blackburn’s innovative academic program – designed to hone music performance skills and share in-depth entrepreneurial knowledge needed to launch professional careers in the music industry. The Series is funded by Blackburn’s Student Experience Fund and presented in cooperation with the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.