|"We heard emotion, at times dramatic, at times angry and even cruel. This is what the psalmist wrote. This is what Reubke heard. This is what Katherine expressed. What else could the audience do but rise to its feet cheering. Go hear this woman play!" Alan Ontko, Spoleto Festival
Her recording was called by host Michael Barone on the radio show Pipedreams as, “…an auspicious performance,” organist Katherine Meloan is an artist whose expressive gifts and virtuosity, various interests, and eclectic repertoire enable her to contribute to the classical world with fresh and distinctive performances. Her diverse engagements include organ recitals at The Cathédrale Saint-Pierre in Poitier-France and Saint Thomas Church-Fifth Avenue in NYC, an operatic accompanying performance at the Douglaston Concert Series (NY), and a ballet performance at Bryant Park Summer Concerts (NYC).
Dr. Meloan’s performances include some of the most celebrated venues in the United States: Saint Mary the Virgin (NYC), a performance that was subsequently featured on American Public Radio’s Pipedreams; Florida International University - Wertheim Concert Hall (Miami, Fl.); St. Bartholomew’s Church (NYC); St. Paul’s Episcopal (Chattanooga, Tenn.); The Church of St. Ignatius Loyola (NYC); Cathedral of the Sacred Heart (NJ); and Queens College‘s LeFrak concert hall (NY). She has performed at the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina to critical acclaim, and in Europe Katherine has performed on the historical organs of Clicquot (Poitiers) and Cavaillé-Coll (Epernay).
Katherine has a vision to increase the quality and quantity of organists and is on faculty at Manhattan School of Music teaching the course Group Organ for Pianists. Also a recent graduate with the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Manhattan School of Music, her thesis coincided with her interest in pedagogy. The dissertation, Organ Pedagogy for Beginning Organists: A Course Curriculum for Pianists Making the Transition to the Organ, involves teaching pianists who are interested in learning basic skills of organ performance and/or acquiring a church organ position.
One of Dr. Meloan’s greatest passions is choral music. Katherine is currently chapel organist and choral conductor at the United States Merchant Marine Academy where she directs The Festival Chorus and The Mariners Chapel Choir, and plays for all services. She has also served Trinity-Saint John’s Episcopal Church in Long Island as director of music, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (ELCA) in Brooklyn, New York as choirmaster/organist; St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Queens, New York as organist; St. John’s Anglican Church in London, England as organist; and University Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Miami, Florida as organist. Currently, she is organist at Temple Beth Sholom in Queens, New York.
In addition to gracing the musical stage, Katherine is also a classical dancer. She has danced with Ballet Long Island, Staten Island Ballet, International Folk Dance Ensemble and currently is artistic director/dancer of Bridal Ballet. She performs variations to such ballets such as: Sleeping Beauty, Le Corsaire, Paquita, La Bayadere, Chopinania, Swan Lake, and numerous contemporary works. In October of 2008, Katherine choreographed and performed as a dancer and organist in the American Guild of Organists International Year of the Organ Organ Spectacular in Queens, New York.
A native of Miami, Florida, she has a Bachelor of Art degree in piano performance from Florida International University (magna cum laude) where she was a recipient of the Outstanding Music Performance Award. In addition, Katherine holds a Master of Music in organ from Manhattan School of Music and was awarded the distinguished Bronson Ragan Award in outstanding musical performance. Her teachers have included Peggy Neighbors-Erwin (piano), Susan Starr (piano), Barbara Bruns, and McNeil Robinson. Go to KatherineMeloan.com for more information.