The College of Southern Maryland welcomes pianist Meleah Backhaus to perform at the inaugural Showcase Recital Series at 8 p.m. on Sept. 19 at the Leonardtown Campus, Building A, Auditorium. The performance is the first of three in the concert series, which is held at CSM’s Leonardtown Campus, 22950 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown.
For Backhaus, music is a passion. She earned a bachelor’s degree in piano performance from Youngstown State University (YSU) as well as a master’s degree in collaborative piano from the University of Akron. She serves as the staff accompanist at the King’s Christian Academy in St. Mary’s County. Backhaus, who has been teaching private piano for nearly 15 years, has students that range from pre-school to college students, with a particular interest in children that have tested on the Autism spectrum.
Backhaus is a versatile musician and has accompanied instrumentalists and vocalists throughout the state of Ohio as well as Maryland. She has accompanied modern contemporary musicians as well as singers who specialize in opera styles. While at YSU and Akron, Backhaus regularly played at church services at First Presbyterian Church in Warren, First Baptist Church in Niles and was the pianist at Bethany Lutheran Church in Akron. Playing her own pieces during services, members of the congregation spoke of her music as ‘moving and inspirational.’ An active composer, performer and accompanist, Backhaus is currently performing and promoting the release of her debut album “Awake” featuring original compositions for solo piano.