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Zoe's Musical Fairy Tale
Zoe Vandermeer Author, Composer, Performer

Zoe Vandermeer Soprano & Celtic Harp

Take flight into the mystical land of Zoe and the inner child in you will be blanketed like only a classic fairy tale can do.'

- Get Fancy Magazine, Melissa Harmon, Reviewer

Zoe's Musical Fairy Tale, Upon A Time, was written, composed, performed, and produced by Zoe Vandermeer, and has frequently been compared to Phantom of the Opera, Into the Woods, Secret Garden, Grimm's Fairy Tales, Harry Potter, and Narnia.  This self-produced CD has received airplay at radio stations in the US and Scotland, with solo and ensemble performances given in Scotland, New York City, California, Connecticut, Utah (American Harp Society) and elsewhere.

In the album, Zoe Vandermeer sings, narrates, plays triple harp, lever harp, piano, harpsichord, recorders, synthesizer, and created foley effects.  The album features Zoe's original artwork of finely painted watercolors.

Zoe Vandermeer wrote the story, lyrics, composed the music and recorded theis original work over a 3 year period in California.  Her recording engineer was Darryl Webb of Banquet Sound Studios in Santa Rosa.  Darryl also contributed his vocals for some of the tracks.  


After completing the initial CD of 74 minutes, Zoe expanded the work into a larger format for a two hour performance event with soloists, chamber ensemble, chorus and conductor.  Performances have consistently received standing ovations.

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Your performance tonight was glorious, full stop. And the new Fairy Tale Songs are worthy members of the trove. Your audience will be all the more boggled.  There is so much rich material in there, people will stagger out of shaking their heads, unable to speak, wondering how many times they'll have to keep coming back to get a handle on the mountain of beauty in there! The music, your singing, your voice, the poetry, the story, your playing, your narration, the orchestration, the effects, wow. – Dave Yost, California

'Zoe mixes an endless array of character voices throughout this whimsical wonder, and any fan of beautifully enchanting contemporary opera will certainly fall pleasantly victim to the genius found here.   - Get Fancy Magazine, Melissa Harmon, Reviewer


...both shocking and exciting. Shifting from intensity to tranquillity and back, it is truly innovative and unique. Think Sweeney Todd with 10x the intensity. There are 3D foley effects to move the musical segments along and clearly a great deal of thought and creative expertise went into putting this together. - International Singer/Songwriter Organization Just Plain Folks

What People are Saying - 

It was a spellbinding experience listening to Zoe’s beautiful voice, accompanied only by her harp [and keyboard]. Zoe had the audience in her hands as she led them through the story and then belted out her original score. - Jeff Edelstein, President, Merwinsville Hotel Restoration Project, CT

Here is a quick note from The Netherlands to let you know that I love your music. I came across your music while I was on vacation in America. 

Maarten Avontuur, Holland

The beauty of Zoe's music and words shone through. What a treat that was for the audience!

Alicia de la Hannah, East Bay Opera League

Following the opera on NPR, I played 'Zoe's Musical Fairy Tale' in its entirety.  It was a nice holiday reprieve.

Jenn B., Radio Host, KGPR Montana

You are a delightful performer, and a magnificent singer and composer.
Cheryl King, NY Theatre Director

Just exquisite. I enjoyed it very much. A major theatrical and film production should be made of it.

Walter Hogue, San Mateo

I was stunned...great compositions and a heavenly voice that gave me goose bumps. Your great talent is excellent - something of the ultimate perfection.
Johnnie Zwaan, Miracle Band, Holland

Positively enchanting! It IS a film score in search of a movie!

Linda Larsen, California

I was very impressed.

Anne Chaurand, Classical Guitarist, Scotland

It brought tears to my eyes hearing you sing.

Tracy Thiem, Ph.D, Berkeley

Your singing is beautiful. The musical composition is astounding. The story is enchanting.

Joanne Blair, San Francisco

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