Dr. Meredith Blecha-Wells
Meredith Blecha-Wells, a sought-after instructor and performer, has played and taught throughout the United States, as well as Central America, Australia, and Asia. She enjoys a varied performing career, appearing as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player. Currently based in Oklahoma City, Dr. Blecha-Wells has played regularly with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, the Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble, the Tulsa Camerata, and the Pangaea Chamber Players.
As a recording artist, Dr. Blecha-Wells has recently released her debut album, Small Storms: A Collection of Short Pieces for Cello and Piano by Bohuslav Martinu. Reviewers have praised the CD for Blecha-Wells’ “lyrical warmth and powerful athleticism,” calling the album “a splendid and surprising disc, well recommended.” Additional recording endeavors include projects for the Lorenz Corporation, as well as live performances on KOSU, KUCO, and KWTU.
Dr. Blecha-Wells is currently the Associate Professor of Cello at Oklahoma State University, where she was awarded the College of Arts and Sciences Junior Faculty Award for Scholarly Excellence. Her students have won a number of competitions, including prizes in Classics Alive Artists, American Protégé Competition, Ad Astra String Competition, MTNA, Hyechka String Competition, among others. As a devoted teacher, Dr. Blecha-Wells has seen her students accepted to study at prestigious institutions such as the Eastman School of Music, Rice University, Indiana University, the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.
Dr. Blecha-Wells received a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Cello Performance from Indiana University, studying under Janos Starker and Helga Winold. She also holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music, where she served as the teaching assistant to Distinguished Professor Alan Harris. Additional studies include festival participation at the Taos School of Music, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Spoleto Festival USA, the National Repertory Orchestra, and the Bowdoin International Music Festival.
In addition to performing and teaching, Dr. Blecha-Wells is passionately invested in community engagement. Most recently, she formed the Global Pedagogy Initiative, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing teacher training to musicians living in developing countries. Visit www.globalpedagogyinitiative.com to learn more about this organization.