Merryl Monard is currently assistant to Professor Amy Porter at the University of Michigan. She began her doctoral studies at the U of M in September 2015 and is an active performer in ensembles in Ann Arbor. Merryl will be playing second flute in the Ann Arbor Symphony for their 2016-2017 season. Formerly principal flutist of the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Merryl grew up in South Africa and obtained her Master of Music under John Hinch at the University of Pretoria. Additionally, Merryl has a Master of Music degree from the Conservatory of Amsterdam where she studied with Abbie de Quant and Marten Root. A versatile musician, Merryl has performed as soloist with South African orchestras, been a freelance member of musical theatre bands and performed on the baroque flute in several chamber and orchestral concerts.
More recently, Merryl focuses increasingly on teaching the flute and works as a Graduate Student Instructor at the U of M. She is passionate about sharing her experience as an orchestral musician, chamber player and professional performer. An enthusiastic advocate of new music, Merryl has performed at the Midwest Composer's Symposium in Bloomington, Indiana and has had several compositions dedicated to her. Among these isDecember Fragments (2003) by esteemed South African composer Stefans Grove.