Welcome Meriel Lora, new WTCS Music Teacher!!

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Meriel Lora is a young conductor with a master’s degree in orchestral conducting from Andrews University. Lora was born in Rhode Island and raised in the Dominican Republic. He began piano lessons and solfeggio at the age of eight. In the fall of 2008 he entered Walla Walla University where he received a B.A. in music with an emphasis in piano under the guidance of Dr. Leonard Richter. Lora has studied with Eddy Gonzales (piano), Jose Ramon Rojas (flute), Ivan Dominguez (piano), Maria Irene Blanco (piano), Davide Caiffa (cello), and Mario Veras (flute). He has studied conducting with Francisco Hernandez, Darwin Aquino, Radu Pantea, John Dennison, Brandon Beck, Claudio Gonzalez, Allan Mitchell, Donald Appert, Adrian Gnam, and Gregory Pritchard.

Lora’s early accomplishments include first place at the 2005 Latin American Music Festival in the piano category, first place at the 2006 Summer Piano Competition, and first place at the 2006 Piano Concerto Competition in the Dominican Republic. He also formed and conducted the orchestra of Centro Musical Vivaldi from 2005 to 2007. Lora received the opportunity to conduct Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony at the Young Conductor’s Workshop concert in 2006, Dominican Republic. From 2008 to 2013, he served as undergraduate assistant conductor to the Walla Walla University Orchestra under the direction of John Dennison and Brandon Beck. In 2011 and 2012 he won gold and silver medals in the Spokane Music Festival Baroque and Romantic Collegiate Piano Division.

In the fall of 2013, he began his graduate studies at Andrews University under the guidance of Dr Claudio Gonzalez and served as the graduate assistant conductor of the Andrews University Symphony Orchestra. In the summers of 2014, 2015, and 2016 Lora formed and conducted the Andrews University Community Chamber Orchestra. During the 2014 fall season, he served as the assistant conductor for the Clark College Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Donald Appert in Vancouver, Washington, and associate conductor of the Jewish Community Orchestra in Portland, Oregon.

We welcome Meriel Lora to Williston Trinity Christian School as our Music Teacher this fall.


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