Meg Reilly is a Western Massachusetts-based collaborative pianist and vocal coach specializing in musical theater and vocal accompanying. Involved in countless theater groups growing up, Ms. Reilly quickly realized she preferred the pit to the stage, and chose to pursue a career in music.
She attended the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth for her B.A. in Western Music (Piano Performance), studying under Jonathan Bass, Wayman Chin, and Eleanor Carlson. During this time, she became an active accompanist throughout the music department, performing on numerous recitals and volunteering to help students prepare in her spare time. She was also a regular accompanist for the newly formed Opera Workshop under the direction of Annette Betanski.
Ms. Reilly went on to pursue her M.M. at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a concentration in Collaborative Piano, studying under the extraordinary Nadine Shank. While there, she became a regular accompanist for undergraduate and graduate students in the voice, clarinet, saxophone, horn, and violin studios. Some of her most memorable performances included Shostakovich’s Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor, Muczynski’s Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Piano, Debussy’s Violin Sonata in G minor, Smetana’s Piano Trio in G minor, and Brahms’s Violin Sonata No. 3 in D minor. In addition, she was an assistant rehearsal pianist for the voice studio’s production of Die Fledermaus under the direction of Vernon Hartman, Lanfranco Marcelletti, and Amy Johnson. Also during this time, Ms. Reilly was the pianist and vocal coach for a musical theater cabaret in the theater department which encouraged the university to add a musical to its annual offerings.
These days, Ms. Reilly has returned to her musical theater roots, regularly acting as music director and pianist for school and community productions. Most recently, she was the pianist for the UMass Theater Department’s production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and continues to be the music director for the MacDuffie School’s annual spring productions. Ms. Reilly is also available for voice, piano, and violin lessons at the Springfield Conservatory and Rock School in Ludlow.