Merryl is a professional South African flautist with over twelve years of teaching experience in various settings from private lessons, sectional rehearsal direction at youth orchestra festivals, ensemble direction at the primary school, high school and university level. She is an enthusiastic community music advocate with a passion for sharing a love of music with others.
Merryl has been a professional performing flautist for fifteen years, as principal flute of the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra and guest section flautist of the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra. She has performed in the Netherlands, Switzerland, Azerbaijan, South Africa and the United States and completed a Doctor of Musical Arts in Musical Performance at the University of Michigan.
Merryl's passion for teaching started as a private teacher and coach to youth orchestra sections and has taken her all over the world. She has led youth ensembles and conducted woodwind sectionals at the major youth music festivals in Johannesburg, Michigan, and most recently, gave flute masterclasses at the Aspire International Youth Music Festival in Gold Coast, Australia. Assistant to Amy Porter at the University of Michigan from 2015-2018, she has been an extremely active as a teacher and ensemble director. During her time in the USA, she taught flute at the university level, instructed band methods for flute teachers, taught piano basics at a community music program, and conducted lectures and masterclasses to all ages. Currently, Merryl is the conductor of the training band at Boronia Park Public School.
She is an enthusiastic community music advocate with a passion for sharing a love of music with others.
DMA University of Michigan
MMus Conservatory of Amsterdam
BMus University of Pretoria