Pianist and Vocal Coach
“Pianist Meghan Rhoades, playing from an iPad, was stunning in [their] ability to conjure myriad colors regardless of the demands of the score (even playing ‘inside’ the piano). [They were] in eight of the fifteen works, a mammoth job, well done.”
- New York Concert Review
Meghan Rhoades is currently an Opera Studies student at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London. This past summer, they attended The Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California as a Vocal Piano fellow. Prior to arriving in the UK, as a Graduate Assistant at Louisiana State University, they worked with vocalists and instrumentalists in weekly lessons, studio classes, recitals, and recordings throughout each semester. They also served as the pianist for LSU’s Contemporary New Music Ensemble (CNME), which performed at Carnegie Hall in April 2022. Outside of their assistantship, Meghan maintained a rigorous freelance schedule, including performing and recording new compositions as well as playing for students’ classes and juries.
Meghan has served as a rehearsal pianist and vocal coach for Guildhall's Autumn 2023 Opera Scenes showcase, Music Academy of the West's production of Puccini's La Bohème, Louisiana State University’s production of Little Night Music, Music Director for Music On Site’s winter production of Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors, and rehearsal pianist and vocal coach for Die Zauberflöte at the 2022 Trentino Music Festival in Fiera di Primiero, Italy.
As a 2023 Vocal Piano Fellow at the Music Academy of the West, they performed in masterclasses with renowned musicians such as Sasha Cooke, John Churchwell, and Martin Katz. They additionally performed across the program's Lehrer Vocal Institute events, such as the Una Noche en Miraflores concert, Cabaret 1979, and the Marilyn Horne Song Competition.
Meghan also attended the Collaborative Piano Institute in June of 2022, where they performed in masterclasses with renowned collaborative pianists such as Martin Katz and Kathy Kelly. In their undergraduate studies, they worked as a studio pianist in Professor Emeritus Jean del Santo’s voice studio and Professor Immanuel Davis’ flute studio. Meghan holds a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, and a Master of Music in Collaborative Piano from Louisiana State University.