Dr. Meghan Merciers is Coordinator of Woodwind Studies and Assistant Professor of Music at the University of North Alabama (UNA) with an applied focus in clarinet and saxophone. She has given numerous masterclasses throughout the United States and held performer and lecturer residencies at the Conservatoire de Musique de Courbevoie near Paris, and the Conservatoire de Limonest in Lyon, France. Prior to joining UNA in August 2013, Dr. Merciers taught at Albion College and the Flint School of Performing Arts in Michigan.
An active soloist and collaborative musician, Dr. Merciers frequently performs new chamber and multimedia works throughout the United States, Europe, Canada, and Mexico. Her most recent collaboration is Trio Leo (flute, clarinet, and piano), a trio-in-residence at UNA whose current project focuses on the music of African-American women composers. In March 2018, Trio Leo performed Valerie Coleman’s Portraits of Langston and Dolores White's Retroflexion at the Music By Women Conference in Columbus, MS. Dr. Merciers presented a lecture-recital at ClarinetFest 2016 on Astor Piazzolla and the evolution of tango with her quartet, 4REEDS. Other recent appearances as a soloist and chamber musician include the 2016 River City Winter Clarinet Festival in Chattanooga, Tennessee; the 2015 ICA Southeastern Festival in Birmingham, Alabama; and ClarinetFest 2013 in Assisi, Italy. She is also a member of the Riverbank Saxophone Quartet and the Swinging River Jazz Band.
Dr. Merciers is principal clarinet of the Shoals Symphony Orchestra, and regularly performs in Orchestra Sul Ponticello, as well as the Tuscaloosa, Huntsville, and North Mississippi Symphony Orchestras. While in Michigan, she played in many mid-Michigan symphonies and was principal clarinet of the French-American Chamber Orchestra of Flint, Michigan, which toured throughout Lyon, France, in a multi-lingual adaptation of Bernstein’s West Side Story.
Dr. Merciers received her doctorate in clarinet performance from Michigan State University, and has degrees from the University of New Mexico, and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Her primary instructors were Dr. Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr, Professor Keith Lemmons, Dr. Nikolasa Tejero, and Dr. Peter Temko.