Season Opening Flute & Organ Recital
2nd & Market Sts., Philadelphia, PA
Anna Meyer holds degrees from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (BM in Flute Performance and German minor), the Peabody Conservatory (MM), and Temple University (DMA, ABD). She was previously the adjunct instructor of Flute at Mercyhurst University and Second Flutist of the Canton Symphony Orchestra, both positions she held until her family relocated to the Philadelphia area in 2011.
Anna took second place in the 2015 Myrna Brown Competition in Dallas, TX as well as the 2016 Raleigh Area Flute Association Artist Competition. She is currently a listed substitute for many regional orchestras including Opera Philadelphia and the Reading, Delaware, and Allentown Symphonies. In January of 2019, Anna was the runner-up for the Reading Symphony’s Second Flute audition and actively subs with the orchestra in all the flute positions.
Anna’s love for teaching led her to write a method book for beginner flutists, which will hit the market in August of 2019. The book will be available for purchase on Amazon.
Anna and her husband, Erik often collaborate on concerts of flute and organ music which has led to them being invited guest artists at the 2019 South Jersey American Guild of Organists Regional Convention and the Philadelphia Chapter’s 2019 Kimmel Center Organ Day. They recently commissioned five new works for flute and organ and will be presenting a world premiere concert of these works in October 2019. Their debut CD, Fantasmagoria, will be released at the same time and features these new works. These commissions are immensely important to the flute/organ community as they drastically increase the number of concert works available to this unique combination.
Anna is a founding member of the Lyra Ensemble, a professional ensemble dedicated to bringing high-quality chamber music to audiences of all kinds. She is also a Teaching Artist for Play on, Philly! an El Sistema program which serves students in Philadelphia. Anna maintains a private studio out of her home in Abington, PA and enjoys spending time outside with her husband and their two kids. For more playing examples, find Anna on YouTube (Anna Meyer or Erik Meyer). You can also find more information at www.lyraensemble.com.
Erik Meyer was raised in Collingswood, NJ, where he began his organ studies at thirteen, studying with the Rev. J. Bert Carlson. Erik earned a BM in 2000 and an MM in organ performance in 2004 from the Peabody Conservatory of Music, Baltimore, where he studied with Donald Sutherland. He was a semifinalist in the highly competitive 2006, 2008 and 2012 National Young Artist Competition in Organ Performance. He has performed over one hundred recitals throughout the world and often performs organ-flute duo recitals with his wife, Anna.
Erik currently serves as Director of Music at the Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Philadelphia, where he oversees a large and active parish music program and semi-professional choir. Previously, he was Cantor at Luther Memorial Church, Erie, PA, where he also served as Artistic Director of the Luther Memorial Concert Series and founder of the Luther Memorial Bach Festival. He served as music director at the 2008, 2010, and 2011 ELCA NWPA Synod Conventions, and as organist for the Episcopal Cathedral of St. Paul, Erie, on their choir tours of Europe in 2007 and 2010. He was previously adjunct faculty at Mercyhurst College, Erie, where he taught theory, ear training, and organ. He served as the dean of the Erie American Guild of Organists from 2009-2011. Augsburg Fortress and St. James Press publish his music.