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Merit Ariane Stephanos - voice

Merit has a BMus Hons from Edinburgh University (2000), an MMus in Contemporary Music Studies from Goldsmiths College with distinction (2002) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Creative Leadership from the Royal College of Music (2007). Influenced by her German-Egyptian heritage, Merit draws on Arabic and Western classical contemporary influences in her music. She is particularly interested in exploring dialogue between people and musicians from different cultures.

She sings with Troia Nova who perform and research contemporary music informed by the traditions of Greece, Turkey and the Middle East, Sambuca, and her own group Misirlou, an ensemble fusing Arabic and Eastern European sounds with Western contemporary music and Jazz; performances include The Spitz, Camberwell Composer’s Collective and the City of London Festival.

Merit sings contemporary vocal music with the New London Chamber Choir, and her newly launched Soprano Quartet Tongue Stuff, who premiered her song cycle ‘Mirrors of Jasmin’ at the Warehouse in July 2007. Merit teaches at the Royal College of Music, as an outreach mentor for undergraduate students, and is a trainer for the Trinity/Guildhall KS2 Teacher Training Programme. Merit's website