Merynda Adams, harpist, is in demand as a soloist and chamber musician, performing throughout the United States, Belgium, France, and the Netherlands. 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. Recent concerts have raised funds for Homeless Solutions, Family Promise, HomeSharing, and America's Grow-a-Row.
"Their performance was full of life, excitement, and most importantly, movement... Merynda’s use of dynamic contrast and forward motion kept me not only engaged but on the edge of my seat throughout the performance."
— Kristina Finch, HarpColumn.com
"Merynda Adams has been using her gifts and a spirit of compassion to help those in need."
“The highlight of the night.”
—The New York Times, "Aprile Millo Keeps Opera’s Old-School Flame Alive"