Ollerich //

Meredith was born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota in 2000. She was commissioned to write concert band works for the O'Gorman Junior High School in 2012, and the Huron Middle School in 2013. In 2015, Meredith moved to Omaha, NE, where she took trumpet lessons from Craig Bircher and Dr. Darryl White at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. Her trumpet talent won her first chair at almost every honor band she auditioned for, both in South Dakota and Nebraska. She was commissioned to write a work for the V.J. and Angela Skutt Catholic High School concert band in 2018, dedicated to the graduating seniors in her class.


She arrived at UNL as a double major in chemistry and music composition, and has since studied composition with Dr. Tom Larson, Dr. Greg Simon, and is currently studying with Dr. Tyler White. She premieres new works during the Flyover New Music Series in Lincoln, has had music featured on Nebraska Educational Telecommunications's show "What If...", and has had multiple offsite premieres of her work. Some of her symphonic band works have been read by the UNL Wind Ensemble in 2019 and the UNL Symphonic Band in 2020.


Meredith has performed with the University Chorale, Symphonic Band, Big Band, Big Red Express, and the Cornhusker Marching Band. Many of these appearances were as solo chair or lead trumpet. Outside of music, she is a devoted member of the Alpha Delta Pi sorority and has previously held an internship position with the University of Nebraska Medical Center. 


Most of Meredith's works are Romantic-era-inspired, and are about people, imagery, and evoking emotions. These compositions replicate the same feelings in her audience that she has felt. Meredith believes that music speaks more than words ever could, and she uses that philosophy to the best of her ability when she writes new compositions. She is always excited to create new works with other musicians!

"Miss Ollerich has a true gift for melody."

        -Zachary P. B., composer

"Meredith is flexible and considerate in her music. She creates with the audience and performers in mind."

        -India E., cellist