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Kessa Mefford

Kessa Mefford is a native of Peekskill, New York. Homeschooled by two musicians, she was raised not only to be a pianist, but a well-rounded musician. Her mother was a full-time pedagogue and her father was the General Director of an opera company. By the time she was three, her parents discovered she had perfect pitch, and her piano studies began. Throughout her youth, she also studied voice and sang with her father’s opera company. Her understanding of the human voice, its phrasing and interpretation made a huge impact upon her piano performances. She made her first public concert appearance at age six. Her first full-length solo concert was at age fourteen, and she has since performed solo recitals every year in different locations around New York.

Kessa is currently finishing her piano performance degree at Brigham Young University, in Provo, Utah where she is on both academic and musical scholarships. After two years of studying with Dr. Richard Anderson, she was accepted to the renowned studio of Dr. Irene Peery-Fox, with whom she studies currently. While at BYU, she competed at their annual concerto competition with Mozart’s 23rd Piano Concerto in 2015, where she was a finalist. She gave her concerto debut in April of 2016 with the Taconic Opera Chamber Orchestra performing this concerto as well.

While at school, she has also worked as a professional opera and choral accompanist. She has participated in numerous recitals, concerts, and master classes. Her master class opportunities have allowed her to work with renowned pianists Kirill Gliadkovsky, Evelyn Chen, and Michael Gurt.

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