Marcela Meeks is a native of Monterrey, Mexico where she grew up in a household with four other siblings. She began her piano studies at the Escuela Superior para Danza y Musica with Patricia Alvarez. She has won numerous awards and competitions in the U.S., and Mexico. She first studied in the U.S., as a student at the Interlochen School of Music. She entered into the studio of Eugene Pridonoff at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) when she was only 17. While at CCM, Marcela won several local and national scholarship competitions maintaining a full-tuition scholarship for all four years of study. She won the OMTA Collegiate Piano Auditions and received the bronze medal in the Johanna Hodges International Piano Competition. She graduated summa cum laude from CCM in 1993.
Her first venture in duo piano playing with her now husband, Jeffrey, took her back to Mexico on a tour with CCM’s Ensemble for Eighteenth Century Literature (CCM Baroque Ensemble) raising funds for purchase orchestral instruments for the children of Nuevo Leon through the hospice’s of Lion’s Club International in 1994. During graduate school, Marcela happened upon some music education classes and began a new journey of teaching music in the classroom. She attended Orff Schulwek at Salzburg and is a level 3 certified Orff instructor. She has taught K-8 in Catholic schools in Ohio and Washington. She is currently accompanist for the Sanctuary Singers and serves as a volunteer teaching chimes, handbells and percussion to FPC’s first through fifth grade students. She has served as a children’s music director for churches in Ohio, Arkansas and Washington. She enjoys running and walking Charlie the Border Collie.