We’re thrilled to have Maureen McMullan back for Pops. You’ll love her jazz style. It’s cool that she sang in the Lord of the Rings Symphony!
Here’s her impressive bio:
Maureen McMullan is a Scottish soprano, songwriter, arranger, producer, and vocal pedagogue, trained in both classical and contemporary music. Widely recognized for her stylistic versatility, she has appeared as lead vocalist at Symphony Hall with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops, Holiday Pops, and Swing Pops, including the world premiere season performances of Visions of America with compositions by Roger Kellaway and Alan and Marilyn Bergman, the Concord Orchestra Pops with Richard Pittman, and for the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra with acclaimed jazz tenor saxophonist, Tommy Smith. Career highlights include performances at Celtic Connections, the Montreux Jazz Festival, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, WGBH A Celtic Sojourn, PBS music special, Highland Heartbeat, and for Howard Shore’s iconic work, The Lord of the Rings Symphony in Six Movements.
A former session singer for the BBC, McMullan is an accomplished bandleader and recently directed and performed the featured musical tribute honoring Emmy-winning documentarian, Ken Burns, at the Great Scot Awards in NYC, and as part of a global music diaspora concert for the Smithsonian Institution’s Scots In The American West symposium. McMullan has over 14 years of college-level teaching experience, and prior to moving to the USA, was a Voice Faculty member at Edinburgh Napier University, the University of Strathclyde, and a Kodály Vocal Instructor for the award-winning National Youth Choir of Scotland.
Continuing her passion for teaching, McMullan previously served as an Associate Professor of Voice, and later as the Assistant Chair of the Voice Department at the renowned Berklee College of Music – which is the largest Voice Department in the world. McMullan now serves as the Concert and Event Producer at Berklee College of Music, providing leadership and artistic direction for their high-profile events that feature student and Faculty talent, and a myriad of visiting artists across diverse musical genres.
McMullan earned a bachelor’s degree with 1st class honors in Applied Music from the University of Strathclyde, a Professional Diploma from Berklee College of Music (summa cum laude), and an MBA from the D’Amore-McKim School of Business at Northeastern University with beta gamma sigma honors. McMullan is the Artist in Residence for The National Trust for Scotland Foundation USA, and a recipient of the Sir Sean Connery SIET Arts Award.