The Conwell-Egan Catholic senior has had a fondness for music since she began taking singing lessons at Holy Trinity (Morrisville) in the second grade. Her mother (and piano teacher), holding a trio of degrees in Organ Performance, Music Therapy, and Music Education, is credited for fostering that love.
“When it comes down it, my mom is the reason I love music. She’s always exposed me to new things, whether I liked it or not, and that’s what opened my eyes in the first place,” Abby said. “We have such a connection; we’re kind of like a team. If I’m really frustrated or not getting something right, I can go to her and she’ll reassure me that I don’t have to be perfect and that I will continue learning. I do the same for her.”
Abby was recently accepted into the prestigious Westminster Choir College of Rider University, one of the world’s leading schools in music. Westminster is a four-year music college and graduate school that prepares men and women for careers as performers and as music leaders in schools, universities, churches and professional and community organizations.
Students from Westminster perform with some of the greatest orchestras and conductors of our time, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, The New York Philharmonic, and the NBC Symphony Orchestra. Westminster’s choirs have been featured on more than 180 commercial recordings.
Abby was a four-time All-Catholic Chorus selection at Conwell-Egan Catholic, as well as a choir member of the Capitol Singers of Trenton & Trenton Community Singers. She has also been a longtime member of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians, an organization that fosters the art of musical liturgy. The members of NPM serve the Catholic Church in the United States as musicians, clergy, liturgists, and other leaders of prayer.
Abby received her letter of acceptance the day of the annual CEC Christmas Concert. She will be attending Westminster in the fall, studying to receive her Bachelor of Arts in the Voice Performance program.
PHOTO CAP: Abby Merk