- 2017-2018 Season
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Merynda Adams, harpist is in demand as a soloist and chamber musician, performing throughout the United States, Belgium, France, the Netherlands and Puerto Rico.
She has performed with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, New York Grand Opera, New Philharmonic, Lyrica Chamber Music, Northeastern Philharmonic, Colonial Symphony, Westfield Symphony, Lake Placid Symphonietta and off Broadway in "The Fantasticks".
Described by the Newark Star Ledger as having "played the harp with color and great facility", Ms. Adams is a 1994 winner of the Artists International Competition and the Goldblatt Award. She studied at the Hilversums Conservatorium in the Netherlands and at Manhattan School of Music. Her teachers have included Kathleen Bride, Erika Waardenburg and Gloria Agostini.
She is often heard in area churches, including the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart and St. Patrick's Cathedral. Ms. Adams is featured in the book, "Plaza Weddings", playing at the wedding of Eddie Murphy.
She frequently collaborates with violinist, Christopher Collins Lee. Their CD, "Romantic Duos" was released in 2011. She has also accompanied renowned soprano, Aprile Millo in recitals in New York, Delaware and Toronto. Her newly established recital series, "Chamber Music for Charity" presents works for harp and various instruments to benefit area charities.
Paul Zeigler's multifaceted career as a pianist, composer, teacher, lecturer and adjudicator has taken him on performances throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. But no matter where he has performed, the critics have been unanimous: "absolutely thrilling, emotionally exciting, mind-expanding... a virtuoso performer."
Paul began playing piano at age 16 under the tutelage of pianist/composer Wells Gemberling and later with pianist/composer Harold Zabrack. He won first place at the 1986 Young Keyboard Artists International Piano Competition, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and took second place at the 2002 Bartok-Kabalevsky-Prokofiev International Piano Competition, Radford University, Virginia.
Paul's triumphant debut as soloist in Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 1 with the New Jersey Baroque Orchestra, Robert W. Butts, conductor, led to highly acclaimed performances of all five Beethoven Concerti with that group. In 2000 Paul received critical praise for his monumental series of Beethoven sonata performances.
In 2008 Paul's work, Peace: a Song Cycle on Five Poems by Langston Hughes, was a finalist in the National Association of Teachers of Singing Composition Competition.
Paul has also released four CDs:
- Beethoven: Three Sonatas, Pathetique, Moonlight and Appassionata
- To Music and Other Original Works by Paul Zeigler with Patricia Ruggles, mezzo, Janet Vidovich, clarinet, and Mitchell Vines, piano
- Peace with Diane Gold Toulson, flute, Patricia Ruggles, mezzo, and Renee Jolles, violin, and Paul Zeigler Pianist
- Brahms Sonata in F minor, Liszt Sonata in B minor
When not performing and composing, Paul teaches music privately at his studio in Madison, New Jersey. He takes great pride in the fact that many of his students have gone on to win awards and acclaim in their own right.