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Meara O'Malley


Meara grew up in Vienna, VA and was a theatre kid in high school, before discovering a cappella at the College of William & Mary with the William & Mary Accidentals. After graduating with a degree in Linguistics and Business Management, Meara moved to DC and focused mainly on Irish traditional music, which has a thriving community in DC. Meara grew up in a house full of Irish music and performs as a vocalist and instrumentalist at a variety of local festivals and informal community sessions. You can hear more of her Irish music on her website.


When she's not pursuing music, Meara is trying to balance her time between rock climbing, running, and working with the DC Childcare Collective, a grassroots volunteer organization that provides free childcare to progressive community organizations. She is also a board member on the newly-formed Washington Young Sinfonia.


Because unfortunately her extra-curricular activities don't pay the bills, Meara works nine-to-five as the Higher Education Policy Assistant at the Association of American Universities, working on issues of undergraduate and PhD education reform and sexual harassment and gender discrimination in academia. She has served in several previous roles at the Choral Arts Society of Washington in operations, finance, fundraising, and box office. 

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