Meg (Megan) Nelson began her musical education early: she was born only hours after attending a service with South Africa’s Imilonji KanTu Choral Society, earning her the middle name ‘Imilonji’ (the song bird – singing lark). Meg has taken the name to heart, receiving formal tuition in voice, flute, piano and cello in Hong Kong, New Zealand and most recently, Australia.
Meg discovered a passion and talent for composition almost by chance when, at the encouragement of her teachers she entered and subsequently won the prestigious NZCF/SOUNZ Big Sing Choral Composition Award for New Zealand high school composers (2007). This passion for composition and general love of music lead her to study composition at the New Zealand School of Music in Wellington, NZ. At university Meg studied with John Psathas, Paolo Cavallone, Kenneth Young and Michael Norris. Meg received a Bachelor of Music degree in instrumental/choral composition from the New Zealand School of Music in 2011.
Meg has sung and toured internationally with several school, cathedral and university choirs, giving her an excellent understanding of the possibilities offered by carefully matching text, choir and the unique acoustic of concert venues and cathedrals. Her first major choral composition, Popule Meus, was written especially for the broad acoustic of Wellington Cathedral of St Paul (NZ) and premiered there on Good Friday 2012. The Consort of Melbourne – Melbourne’s premier vocal ensemble – commissioned Meg to write a piece for their ‘To Whomever Finds This Note’ concert in September 2012. The ethereal setting of In Paradisum draws inspiration from the ANZACs, and the memorial services that celebrate their sacrifice. The choir of Trinity College, University of Melbourne, commissioned Meg in 2012 to write Abraham Believed God for their traditional Nine Lessons and Carols Service. In 2013 new Melbourne chamber choir ‘Hallelujah Junction’ commissioned Meg to write Kyrie for the choirs premiere concert, performed in St Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne. Other recent commissions include Do Not Be Afraid and You Have Come to Mount Zion, both commissioned by St James Old Cathedral (Melbourne) to be premiered in 2014.
Meg currently lives in Melbourne, where she sings with Polyphonic Voices, under the direction of Michael Fulcher, and the choir of Christ Church South Yarra.