With her expressive gifts and eclectic repertoire, organist Katherine Meloan has been praised for her “ability to couple precision with emotion” and “to draw in listeners . . . never once excluding listeners from her passion” (Classical Voice of North Carolina), which imbues her distinctive and friendly performances.
Recent performances have included appearances at Princeton University Chapel; Washington National Cathedral; Brevard-Davidson River Presbyterian Church in North Carolina; the Church of Saint Mary the Virgin in New York City, a performance that was subsequently featured on American Public Radio’s Pipedreams; Florida International University’s Wertheim Concert Hall in Miami, Florida; and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Wilmington, North Carolina. In addition, she has performed at the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina, and in France on the historical organs of Clicquot (Poitiers Cathedral) and Cavaillé-Coll (Notre–Dame d’Épernay).
In 2012 Katherine joined the Manhattan School of Music Organ faculty. She teaches organ to pianists, composers, and choral conductors, as well as to advanced organists who desire to study at the graduate level. Many of her students continue to study at colleges and universities across the United States.
One of Dr. Meloan’s greatest passions is choral music. She is currently Director of Chapel Music at the United States Merchant Marine Academy, where she plays for all services on campus and directs the Mariner Chapel Choir and the Kings Point Glee Club. The Mariner Chapel Choir serves the Catholic and Protestant community at the Academy and sings for all services in the Mariners’ Chapel. The Kings Point Glee Club has sung at such events as the Maritime Awards Dinner at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.; the USMMA Battle Standard Dinner with guest of honor General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; and the Festival of Lights holiday concert with the United States Merchant Marine Academy Regimental Band. The Glee Club also leads the national anthem for sporting events on and off campus and performs in the New York City area with various choirs. Katherine Meloan 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’s Anglican Church in London, England as organist; and University Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Miami, Florida as organist.
In addition to gracing the musical stage, Katherine is also a classical dancer. Currently the artistic director of Bridal Ballet, she has danced with Ballet Long Island, Staten Island Ballet, and International Folk Dance Ensemble. She has performed variations from ballets such as Sleeping Beauty, Le Corsaire, Paquita, La Bayadère, Chopinania, and Swan Lake, as well as numerous contemporary works.
Dr. Meloan holds degrees from Florida International University (BA, magna cum laude) in piano and Manhattan School of Music (MM, DMA) in organ. Her performance has garnered the Outstanding Music Performance Award from Florida International University and the Bronson Ragan Award in outstanding organ performance from Manhattan School of Music. She is represented by Concert Artist Cooperative.