CREATING NEW PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITIES FOR FEMALE ARTISTS

The Pleiades Project
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Since 2015

We create unique performance opportunities for female artists who wish to express the strength, unique vision, and individuality of their art.

About Us

Founded in 2015, The Pleiades Project was inspired by hundreds of dedicated female artists that are gifted, creative, and true examples of what it means to bring art and beauty into the world. We wanted to create a space that was dedicated to those artists, as well as a space that could bring the art that we are excited about to new audiences.

As artists working in a digital world, we are passionate about bringing our art form to a wide and diverse audience. To that end, we are creating short films that integrate classical music and film in a creative and seamless way. We are committed to working with talented female creatives, including directors, designers, editors, engineers, and crew members. 

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Paid to Artists

What Drives Us

Our Mission

To promote and develop the work of female-identifying composers, creators, technicians, and performers in order to create a more rich and vibrant world of fine art. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I pitch a project?

We're always looking for exciting projects to bring to life! Right now, we're most interested in public domain works by underrepresented women composers, bold crossover in music theatre, and amplifying the work of early career women composers. If this is you, send us an email at [email protected] and tell us about your idea!

Are there fees to audition?

At The Pleiades Project, we believe that no artist should ever have to pay an entrance fee to be heard. When we hold auditions, they are always free of charge. 

Where are you located?

Most of our staff are in the New York City Metro area, but we have worked in Connecticut, Washinton DC, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.

Why do you make films?

Because we believe in getting creative when it comes to music! From the very beginning, we wanted to make music and collaborate with other creators in as many ways as possible. Films give us the chance to take a fresh look at musical experiences. Also, it's fun!

How do you say "Pleaides"?

Ready? Here we go. "Plee-Ah-Deeze." It doesn't rhme with Pilates. Fun fact! The Pleiades constellation is also known as the Seven Sisters, and after the moon, was one of the most important constellations in early astronomy. 

News and Events

On June 18, 2022, Toledo Opera celebrates Juneteenth all over the city, and are working with NYC based organization The Pleiades Project to highlight the contributions and genius of Black Women Composers. Winners Amber Cierra Merritt and Ikpemesi O of the 2022 Black Brilliance Competition will perform live at the Juneteenth Community Health & Wellness Fair at 12:15 pm at Smith Park, and at the BlackNIQ Festival at 2:45 pm at Uptown Green.

The Pleiades Project & Toledo Opera Present the winners of the 2022

Black Brilliance Competition

First Place Winner

Daniel Rich, Baritone, has appeared in various roles with Morgan Opera Workshop, MSM Opera Theater, Trilogy Opera, The Phoenicia Festival of the Voice, Opera Delaware, Maryland Opera, The Spoleto Festival and Opera Ithaca. Daniel is also a recitalist & an emerging concert artist, performing Concert & Oratorio work with organizations such as Opera Ebony, Three on 3, CAAPA, NANM, Harlem Opera Theater, amongst others. In addition to being a full time performer, he works as a vocal music educator and adjunct professor of voice at University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He is a graduate of Morgan State University (BA ’17) and Manhattan School of Music (MM ’19).

Second Place Winner

Metropolitan Opera Soprano, Angeli Ferrette, is known for her bell-like tones and passionate delivery. She puts her all into her craft to ensure that every performance is a genuine and unforgettable experience. Her abilities span from opera, oratorio, spirituals, sacred songs, and jazz-Angeli’s genius and mastery is undeniable. To experience Angeli’s voice is to experience true artistry!

Third Place Winner

Amber Cierra Merritt is a first-year Specialist student at the University of Michigan where she studies with Dr. Louise Toppin. During her time at Michigan, Merritt starred as Edmonia in the workshop of the opera Edmonia by William Banfield and as the Sparrow in Nkeiru Okoye’s Bre’r Rabbit and the Tar Baby.

Merritt also starred as Frau Herz in Mozart’s Der Schauspieldirektor. Merritt placed first in the Great Lakes Region’s National Student Auditions in the Advanced Category and first in the regional and national level in the Hall Johnson Spirituals category in 2020. This season, Merritt has starred in two PBS specials with the American Pops Orchestra entitled “One Voice: American Roots” and “United in Song: Celebration of American Roots”.

Honorable Mention

Ikpemesi O (she/her/hers) is a Nigerian-American musician, artist and performer. She loves exploring the world through vocal music, poetry and spoken word. A community builder to the core, her art explores the human experience through the lens of finding joy in the little things while critically examining the world around her towards the goal of creating empathy and highlighting our shared human experience. She has a BA in Voice Performance from Albion College. Currently, she is working as a freelance singer and artist since wrapping up a Master of Music Performance in Voice at Bowling Green State University in April. For performance inquiries please reach out to her on Instagram  @IkpemesiO.

Get to know us

Our Team

Caroline Miller

Co Founder

Executive Director

Su Kim

Board Member

Elizabeth van Os

Co Founder

Director of Digital Media

Jhané Perdue

Artistic Projects Coordinator

Noelle McMurtry

Board Member

Director of Live Programming