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ZOE VANDERMEER is a dramatic coloratura soprano and harpist and specializes in Baroque, Classical, and Bel Canto repertoire, and her own compositions.

Ms. Vandermeer's operatic debut took place in 2014 in Carnegie Hall's Weill Hall as First Place Winner in the B. Alexander International Vocal Competition.  Ms. Vandermeer was named to the Roster of the Connecticut Commission of Culture and Tourism in 2011, and is a recipient of the Dame Joan Sutherland Fund, MTNA Foundation Grant Fund, Emerging Artists Fund, Hartt School Faculty Development Fund, Musicians Foundation, Burkhardt Scholarship Fund, and the RSAMD Scholarship Trust Fund.

 

A prize-winning graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Ms. Vandermeer's solo voice/harp album 'Angel's Wine, the Songs of John Dowland' was favourably reviewed by the UK Lute Society and won Second Place for Best Classical Album by the international JPF organization.  Ms. Vandermeer received a Special Citation for her work as a singing harpist by the American Prize Competition in 2014.  First Place Winner of the Bay Area Vocal Arts Competition in the Baroque Division, Ms. Vandermeer was vocal finalist in the London Young Artists Early Music Competition, Wilfred Laurier Concert Aria Competition in Canada, and Finalist in the American Prize Competition, Opera Division, 2014 and 2016.  She was Finalist as Harpist in the 2018/2019 American Prize Competition Instrumental Division.

Venues in which Ms. Vandermeer has performed include International Festival de Deia Spain, Sao Paulo Harp Festival Brazil, American Swedish Museum Philadelphia, Festival Opera, Mostly Mozart Festival Napa, Glasgow International Early Music Festival, American Harp Society Summer Institute, Somerset Harp Festival, HarpCon2003, Bloomington Early Music Festival, UC Davis, Russian River Chamber Concerts, San Francisco Academy of Art Museum, Pollok House National Trust Scotland, Castle Clinton New York City, Interdisciplinary Center for Renaissance Studies, and elsewhere.  

As a composer, Ms. Vandermeer's orchestral works have been performed by the San Francisco Sinfonietta and Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra.   Her original classical crossover opera performed with the San Francisco Concerto Orchestra has been compared to Phantom of the Opera, Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods, Narnia, Harry Potter, and Secret Garden.  Ms. Vandermeer has given performances of her own music for voice, harp, and piano at Where Eagles Dare Theatre NYC, Nairn Little Theatre Scotland, KWMR public radio, Hartt School CT, Borders Books San Rafael, and the TAXI Convention Los Angeles.

Ms. Vandermeer has been a featured guest on numerous radio programs in the US and Scotland, and both Classical Singer and Harpa magazines published articles about her original one woman Baroque pastiche opera "If Love Be the Food of Music, c. 1782".  Ms. Vandermeer has recorded for Koch International, and her two upcoming Baroque and Bel Canto solo soprano and harp albums will be released in 2020 on the Centaur Records label.