MM, Vocal Pedagogy: Boston Conservatory at Berklee College of Music, (in progress); BM, Vocal Performance: California State University, Northridge (CSUN)
Piano, Keyboards, Voice, Guitar, Ukulele, Songwriting
Merced Stratton is a singer, pianist, guitarist and ukulele player from Los Angeles, CA. She performs in a variety of genres including opera, choral, and contemporary music. Recent highlights include her roles of Chiarella in Li Sposi Per Accidente by Domenico Cimarosa, Scruples in Der Schauspieldirektor by Mozart, and covering Anne Page in Merry Wives of Windsor by Otto Nicolai with CSUN Opera, as well as solo recitals featuring a variety of composers from Faure to Fennimore. In addition to classical singing, Merced is a songwriter and singer, keyboardist, and guitarist for the pop band Minimall. She is currently completing her M. M. of Vocal Pedagogy at Boston Conservatory, and received her B. M. in Vocal Arts from California State University, Northridge, where she received performance scholarships and membership to the music honor society Pi Kappa Lambda.
As a teacher, Merced prioritizes meeting her student’s goals while instilling them with strong technique and healthy practices. She is a flexible and warm instructor with a passion for helping every student find a method of learning that helps them become the most efficient and expressive musician that they can be.
Please note: Merced instructs beginning to intermediate guitar students of all ages. For more advanced guitar studies, please see our other guitar instructors. She also works with students who would like to study a combination of voice/guitar, voice/ukulele or voice/piano.
“Merced was an incredibly engaging and supportive voice teacher. She met me at my level of skill and familiarity with my voice and made me feel unembarrassed of stepping out of my comfort zone or making mistakes. She makes use of her deep well of knowledge and talent to amazing effect. I was always inspired and guided so gently throughout every lesson and exercise. She instructed me in ways that felt incredibly bespoke and accessible to my own abilities and interests. When I wasn’t able to grasp something right away, she was able to vary her approach in order to bring clarity to my confusion. Learning from her was as enjoyable as it was productive.” – former student Alberto D.