Shannon Merciel is an American cellist with a passion for travel, teaching, and collaboration. She earned her bachelor’s degree in cello performance from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2016 and her master’s from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2018. During her time in the UK, she won apprenticeships with Scottish Opera, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. She performed in London’s West End with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s musical theatre department and performed Elgar’s Cello Concerto with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in 2017.
For the past several years, Shannon has attended summer music festivals including the Meadowmount School of Music, Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, Montecito Festival, and Festival MusicAlp in Tignes, France. She was a member of the Mediterranean Opera Studio and Festival’s orchestra in Sicily in 2017 and 2018. This summer (2019), she returned home to Missouri as a full-time member of the Missouri Symphony for the Hot Summer Nights Music Festival.
Shannon has taught privately for the past five years at home in Missouri and in Massachusetts during the school year. She taught private lessons through the Community Music Program at the University of Missouri-Columbia during her undergrad and now holds a teaching assistantship at the University of Massachusetts Amherst where she teaches undergraduate and graduate elective cello students. While living in Europe, Shannon served on the faculty of the Eduardo Ocón International Music Festival in southern Spain, and participated in the Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s Community Outreach Program, traveling to the suburbs of Glasgow to demonstrate string instruments to primary school children.