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Merrill Shea

Voice Faculty

Merrill Shea earned a B.M. from Boston University and has studied voice with David Blair McClosky and Mary Davenport. 

Shea has divided his time between voice teaching and voice therapy. He has taught at Salve Regina University in Newport (Rhode Island) and at the National Center of Afro-American Artists in Boston and was a voice therapist at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary (MEEI). He also maintains a private voice studio and teaches accent improvement for foreign nationals. Shea's students and former voice therapy clients have performed leading roles on Broadway, as well as national and international touring companies in shows such as the 2010 Broadway revival of A Little NIght Music, the 2009 Broadway revival of Ragtime and the 2010 National Road Tour of Spring Awakening, as well as Most Happy Fella at the New York City Opera, 42nd Street, Nunsense, Forbidden Broadway, Annie, Fiddler on the Roof and equity productions throughout New England. They have recorded for Sony/CBS, RCA, Arista, Atlantic and many smaller record labels. 

Shea is a former president of the McClosky Institute of Voice, a national nonprofit organization of certified voice therapists, and has conducted seminars and workshops in singing, speech and voice therapy for choruses, school systems, music educators and speech-language pathologists throughout the New England and West Coast areas. Among his conducting credits, Shea founded the Mozart at Newport Music Festival and appeared on PBS with the Festival Orchestra. He has been music director of the North Shore Light Opera, the Cambridge Madrigal Singers and the Orpheus Wind Ensemble. Additionally, he founded the Summer orchestral Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Shea was assistant conductor for the Boston Symphony Orchestra Young People's Concert series, "What is Light Opera?," and has conducted operetta and musical theater productions at various universities.

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