About Merry Keller
Merry Keller brings a professional choral background and extensive performing experience to her singing and teaching career. With a double major in voice and piano, Merry received a B.S. Music degree from West Chester University, School of Music in Pennsylvania. She continued with graduate studies in vocal performance, working with Stella Conway, professor of voice at West Chester. Merry Keller continues her vocal studies with Chris Armistead at Washington University in St. Louis, and has collaborated with local pianists, Neal Richardson, Ron Bryant and Martha Shaffer.
Merry Keller has been active in St. Louis' cabaret scene, presenting a holiday show at Gaslight Theater in December 2008, and premiered her original show, Love in Four Seasons, at the Sheldon Concert Hall in October, 2009. A Love in Four Seasons CD has been released that includes twelve numbers from the show. Other solo shows include Songs of the Silver Screen at The Sheldon and Wade In the Water at The Chapel in St. Louis. Her local performing experience also includes Random Access, a St. Louis a cappella group, the St. Louis Chamber Chorus, and the St. Louis Women's Chorale. She has been soloist with those groups, along with many other local choirs and choruses. Merry Keller is a member of St. Louis' premier music performance club, The Ladies Friday Musical Club, since 2002. Merry Keller has sung in local coffee houses, recitals, entertained at parties and receptions, and has performed benefit concerts at the Sheldon Concert Hall and Immanuel Congregational Church.
Merry Keller had the priviledge of working with cabaret professionals Amanda McBroom, Lina Koutrakos, Alex Rybeck, Rick Jensen, Beckie Menzie, Sally Mayes and Jason Graae at the 2007 and 2009 St. Louis Cabaret Conferences and the 2011 Mid-West Cabaret Conference in Chicago. During the summer of 2012, Merry traveled to Italy and spent six weeks, studying and performing with Sessione Senese, touring and presenting concerts in Switzerland, and many venues in and around Sienna.
As director and teacher, Merry Keller founded and directed the West End Community Chorus in St. Louis, served as Director of Music at Centenary United Methodist Church, Parkway UCC, and Immanuel Congregation UCC, helped produce musicals at Dignity House and several local community theater productions. She has taught privately and in the public school systems of Pennsylvania and Missouri. Merry Keller has served as Artistic Director of CHARIS, St. Louis Women's Chorus from 1999 - 2004, was full-time Artistic Director of Gateway Men's Chorus from 2001 - 2007 and was the Artistic Director of the St. Louis County Community Chorus from 2006 - 2012. Currently, Merry is Director of Music at Kirkwood United Church of Christ.