Bio

A Los Angeles native, mezzo-soprano Megan Gillespie earned her Master’s Degree in Opera Performance at the Manhattan School of Music conservatory in New York.  

Most recently, Ms. Gillespie performed with the Palisades Symphony singing the Second Soprano part in Rossini’s Sabat Mater. As Stage Director for the Independent Opera Company of Los Angeles, Ms. Gillespie rehearsed the cast of Rimskiy-Korsakov’s Tsar’s Bride and appeared in the lead role of Lyubasha.

Ms. Gillespie’s opera career has taken her to the Royal Opera House of Oman, the Palacio de la Opera de La Coruna in Spain, the Castleton Opera Festival, Central City Opera, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Beverly Hills Sundays at Two Recital Series, One World Symphony, and to numerous venues in Greve, Italy, and Salzburg, Austria.

As Voice Chair of the YoungArts Alumni Association, Ms. Gillespie is passionate in her support of educational and scholarship programs created to encourage talented young people who wish to pursue careers in the arts.  In January 2014, she graced the stage at the YoungArts fundraising Gala in Miami under the direction of Bill T. Jones.   

In addition, to teaching voice and piano to private students, Ms. Gillespie directs the St. Cross by the Sea Youth Choir where she also performs as a soloist and section lead. Ms. Gillespie has served as Assistant to the Creative Director of the Verdi Chorus in Santa Monica for whom she has also performed as a soloist and section lead.    

Her striking stage presence, expansive vocal range, and rich tonality have brought Ms. Gillespie awards from the MET National Council Auditions, the Fe Bland Vocal Competition, Beverly Hills Music at the Mansion, LACMA Sundays Live, Opera Florham, AMTL Recitals in Carnegie Hall, the Birgit Nilsson Scholarship, the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts (now YoungArts), and the Palm Springs Opera Guild.

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