Starr Meneely is an accomplished pianist and music teacher. She has over 20 years teaching experience and has seen students go on to enjoy musical success both as professionals and amateurs. She received a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance with honours from the University of Alaska Anchorage where she studied music under Dr. Timothy Smith, Dr. George Belden. Dr. Laura Koenig, and the late Professor Walter Olivares.
She placed Alternate in the AMTA/MTNA Collegiate Piano Competition in 2002 with her performance of the Mozart Concerto No. 19 KV 459. Her musical experience spans a variety of instruments and disciplines, including the cello, guitar and voice. She has performed throughout Alaska as a singer/songwriter and has enjoyed many years performing with theatre companies, orchestras and bands.
In 2014 Starr published a children's book titled "What a Lovely Sound" which introduces young children to music through nature. The book was illustrated by the artist Susan Merrick and endorsed by Howard Goodall OBE. She is greatly influenced by the teaching philosophy of Karl Orff and Rudolf Steiner, and draws on these ideas in her teaching, introducing music to children gently and holistically.
Starr is passionate about music, its complexities and beauty, and loves exploring the role it has played in society through art, literature and politics.
She is currently rehearsing Rachmaninoff Valse & Romance for 6 hands with two other pianists in preparation for the Godalming music festival 2019.