Lower Strings Coach
Praised by the Miami Herald for his “eloquent” and “cathartic” playing, Aaron Merritt enjoys a varied career of teaching and performing. He currently performs with Miami’s Nu-Deco Ensemble, the Palm Beach Opera, and the Naples Philharmonic. He was a fellow with the New World Symphony under Michael Tilson Thomas and was a member of the Florida Grand Opera Orchestra. He has performed across the United States, Austria and the Netherlands and he performs at the Colorado Music Festival in Boulder and the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in Santa Cruz, California during the summer months. With his colleagues in the Sona String Quartet, Mr. Merritt has presented over one hundred educational concerts for underserved schools and communities in the Greater Miami area. While a teacher at New World School of the Arts and Miami Dade College, his students have been laureates and participants at national and international competitions, including the Tchaikovsky (Moscow), Carlos Prieto (Mexico City) and the Sphinx (Detroit). Mr. Merritt studied at Indiana University (BM) and Rice University (MM). Principal teachers include Lynn Harrell, Emilio Colón and Helga Winold.