First-generation Romanian-American pianist Irina Meachem regularly accompanies voice recitals and coaches opera singers.
Hailed as “a gifted collaborative pianist” (Voce di Meche), Irina regularly performs with her husband, baritone Lucas Meachem in recitals. They have appeared at the Athanaeum in Romania, Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, Death of Classical’s Crypt Sessions in New York City where they performed Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder, the North Carolina Performing Arts series, and Moore County Arts Council in North Carolina. Virtual performances include Los Angeles Opera, The Dallas Opera, and the Merola Opera Program.
Ms. Meachem has served on faculty at the Tequila Cultural Festival, the Vincerò Opera Program, University of Minnesota and Michigan State University.
Ms. Meachem has worked as a coach and repetitive at opera companies, and classical music festivals such as Palm Beach Opera, Sarasota Opera, Opera Birmingham, Amarillo Opera, Nashville Opera, Shreveport Opera, OperaWorks, Chicago Summer Opera, Mill City Summer Opera, Opera in the Ozarks, Bay View Music Festival, The Banff Centre, and the Interlochen Summer Arts Academy.
She earned a Master’s of Music degree from Florida State University and a
Bachelor’s of Music from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin.
Additionally, she attended the George Enescu High School of Music in Bucuresti, Romania.
Ms. Meachem is a co-founder of Perfect Day Music Foundation, a non-profit promoting diversity in classical music. A prominent program is the Perfect Day Competition which encourages young musicians to share through social media works by composers who have been historically excluded.
Shall We Gather responds to the darkness of the pandemic and social distancing with the simple question of its title. Through fifteen art songs by and about a broad swath of people from the United States, Lucas and Irina Meachem offer a vision of Americanness centred around the things that call on us to gather and that we gather to call upon. Those things, they say, are rooted in an act of hope in the promise of resilience that underlies our national character. By channelling the feelings of those gatherings we are missing, we can, perhaps, conjure a greater sense of togetherness, of commonality.
Shall we Gather is an emotional and heartfelt plea for a better, more tolerant world, a world that one hopes will emerge a better place after the trauma of the pandemic.