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Meredith Ollerich

Creating stories, one note at a time

Music speaks more than words ever could, and I use that philosophy to the best of my ability when I write new works.

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About me

Meredith Ollerich (b. 2000) believes in the value of providing instrumental and vocal music to underfunded ensembles and communities, who would otherwise not be able to perform such music. Drawing upon Classical- and Romantic-era music, her works evoke feelings and emotions based on imagery, meanings of words, and auras of people that she has encountered in her life. These compositions replicate the same feelings in her audience that she has felt when experiencing such emotions.

Meredith graduated from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln in 2022, with degrees in chemistry and music composition with a minor in trumpet performance. She studied composition with Professor Tom Larson, Dr. Greg Simon, and Dr. Tyler White, all who have been an incredible influence on her compositional style and voice. She has been commissioned by middle and high school concert bands in several states, and commissioned by undergraduate and graduate musicians for chamber recitals. Her compositions have been read and reviewed by the UNL Wind Ensemble and the UNL Symphonic Band, premiered at the Flyover New Music Series, and featured on Nebraska Educational Television's shows and programs. Meredith has also had compositions win national competitions, and she currently travels the United States to listen to their premieres and educate students on the importance of composition and music education for young musicians.

As a performer, Meredith spent several years competing and winning local and regional performance competitions playing several different instruments. Meredith has found joy in performing with UNL's Big Band, University Chorale, Campus Band, Symphonic Band, Big Red Express, and the Cornhusker Marching Band, as well as the Nebraska Medical Orchestra. Her love for performing originally drew her to composition at a young age, and she has since been a highly recruited performer and composer.

Outside of composition, Meredith is pursuing a doctoral degree in pharmacy, with a specialization in nuclear medicine. She is a devoted alumna of the Alpha Delta Pi sorority, and uses her social media influence to teach young musicians how to become confident when composing music. Meredith is a strong believer in giving back to the community that raised her, and is always excited to collaborate with new musicians and creatives!

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

India E., Cellist

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