Dr. Meredith Blecha-Wells

Cello Teacher

Meredith Blecha-Wells

SAA Member

Dr. Meredith Blecha-Wells leads a dynamic career dedicated to both performing and teaching. Currently, she is the Associate Professor of Cello at Oklahoma State University, where she was recently awarded the College of Arts and Sciences Junior Faculty Award for Scholarly Excellence. Dr. Blecha-Wells received a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Cello Performance from Indiana University, studying under Janos Starker and Helga Winold. Additionally, she holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music, where she served as the teaching assistant to Distinguished Professor Alan Harris. During her earlier studies, Dr. Blecha-Wells worked with Marc Johnson of the Vermeer String Quartet.

An avid performer, Dr. Blecha-Wells has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States. She is a founding member of the Pangaea Chamber Players and tours with them regularly. In 2012, Dr. Blecha-Wells recorded her first CD, Purple Line, with the Pangaea Chamber Players. The CD features works by Gaubert, Rorem, Villa-Lobos, and Weber. She has also participated in several festivals including the Taos School of Music, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Spoleto Festival USA, the National Repertory Orchestra, the Bowdoin International Music Festival, and the Artur Balsam Ensemble Classes. As an orchestral musician, Dr. Blecha-Wells is currently a member of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic and has held principal and assistant principal positions with several orchestras including the Richmond Symphony and Spoleto Festival USA.

A devoted teacher, Dr. Blecha-Wells has taught throughout the United States and has most recently given classes at Indiana University, the University of Kansas, Middle Tennessee State University, the University of Northern Colorado, Florida Gulf Coast University, and the University of Georgia. In addition to her teaching position at Oklahoma State University, Dr. Blecha-Wells is dedicated to teaching at the precollege level. Dr. Blecha-Wells is currently the director of the Oklahoma State University String Academy, a program that she co-founded in 2009. Additionally, she is a Suzuki cello teacher and has completed training with Gilda Barston, Pamela Davenport, Nancy Hair, and David Evenchick. She has started a Suzuki cello program at Oklahoma State University and has taught at the Chicago Suzuki Institute as well as the Colorado Suzuki Institute. Previous teaching posts include Point CounterPoint Chamber Music Camp in Vermont, Indiana University Summer Music Clinic, the Hochstein School of Music and Dance, the Eastman Community Music School, the Indianapolis Academy of Music, and Indiana University’s String Academy.