Guest Cellist to Perform at IUP on April 24

Posted on 4/19/2016 5:21:48 PM
Meredith Blecha-Wells

Meredith Blecha-Wells, Associate Professor of Cello at Oklahoma State University, will perform a recital of music by Bohuslav Martinu and Sergei Prokofiev at 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 24, in the Gorell Recital Hall. She will be collaborating with IUP piano professor Sun Min Kim.

This concert is part of their Pennsylvania/Delaware tour.

Meredith Blecha-Wells leads a dynamic career dedicated to both performing and teaching. She has appeared as a chamber musician and orchestral player in the United States, Australia, and Europe and has had the pleasure of performing in world class concert halls such as the Kennedy Center and the Sydney Opera House.

As a chamber musician, she is a founding member of the Pangaea Chamber Players and regularly performs with the Tulsa Camerata and the Brightmusic Ensemble in Oklahoma City. She recently recorded a CD with the Pangaea Chamber Players entitled Purple Line. The CD, which will be released under the Blue Griffin Label, includes flute, cello, and piano and features works by Gaubert, Rorem, Villa-Lobos, and Weber.

A devoted teacher, Blecha-Wells is currently the Associate Professor of Cello at Oklahoma State University, where she was recently awarded the College of Arts and Sciences Junior Faculty Award for Scholarly Excellence. Her students have won a number of competitions, including prizes in the American Protege Competition, the Music Teachers National Association Competition, the Ad Astra String Competition, the Buttram Competition, the Oklahoma City Youth Orchestra, and the Keith Competition. Her students have been accepted to study at a number of music schools in the US including Indiana University, Southern Methodist University, and festivals such as Round Top, Meadowmount, Eastern Music Festival, Brevard, Interlochen, Hot Springs, and Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival.

Blecha-Wells has taught throughout the United States and has most recently given classes at Auburn University, the University of Kansas, Middle Tennessee State University, the University of Northern Colorado, Florida Gulf Coast University, the University of Oklahoma, and the University of Georgia. Previous teaching posts include Point CounterPoint Chamber Music Camp in Vermont, Colorado Suzuki Institute, Chicago Suzuki Institute, Indiana University Summer Music Clinic, the Hochstein School of Music and Dance, the Eastman Community Music School, the Indianapolis Academy of Music, and Indiana University's String Academy.

Blecha-Wells received a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Cello Performance from Indiana University, studying under Janos Starker and Helga Winold. Additionally, she holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music where she served as the teaching assistant to Distinguished Professor Alan Harris. Additional studies include festival participation at the Taos School of Music, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Spoleto Festival USA, the National Repertory Orchestra, and the Bowdoin International Music Festival.