Merryl Neille was born in Vancouver, Canada and grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa. She completed her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Michigan in August 2018. During her time at UM, she was assistant to Amy Porter. A professional since 2003, Merryl has been principal flutist and guest flutist of several orchestras including the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Free State Symphony Orchestra and the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra. A versatile musician, Merryl has performed as soloist with South African orchestras, been a freelance member of musical theatre bands for productions such as The Lion King and performed on the baroque flute in several chamber and orchestral concerts.
Merryl is a recipient of the 2017 Judson Award, to fund an innovative project for flute and electronics.
A sought after teacher, Merryl has been a clinician at various youth music festivals, the most recent being Aspire Youth Music Festival in Gold Coast, Australia. She has been a lecturer at Adrian College and Jackson College, Michigan.. She is passionate about sharing her experience as an orchestral musician, chamber player and professional performer. An enthusiastic advocate of new music, Merryl is a member of Emblems Quintet, plays in Aepex Contemporary Performance and the Contemporary Directions Ensemble. She performed at the Midwest Composer's Symposium in Bloomington, Indiana and has performed several premiers and had several compositions dedicated to her. Among these is December Fragments (2003) by esteemed South African composer Stefans Grove.