Julianne Merrill

Associate Professor
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Originally from Indianapolis, Julianne Merrill works in New York City as a professional music director, pianist, and electronic music engineer. She is a frequent music director for various cabarets, concerts, galas, and new work development workshops. On Broadway, she can be found on the podium as a conductor and keyboard player, as well as behind a pit computer as keyboard programmer and playback engineer. Recent projects include: Some Like It Hot (Broadway) as playback engineer, A Strange Loop (Broadway) as synthesizer programmer, the Dramatist Guild Fund Gala (Hammerstein Ballroom) as music director, Maestra Amplify (Le Poisson Rouge) as music director and playback engineer, and Ring of Keys: Queering the Canon: Sondheim, (Joe’s Pub) as music director and playback engineer.

A recent graduate of BerkleeNYC, Merrill uses the artist name “PatchMaster” and is the owner of PatchMaster Productions, a live experience design agency. She has returned to Berklee NYC to teach electronic music performance techniques.

Career Highlights
  • Some Like It Hot (Broadway) as playback engineer
  • A Strange Loop (Broadway) as synthesizer programmer
  • A Strange Loop (Broadway) as conductor (sub)
  • M.A., BerkleeNYC in creative media and technology and live experience design (2022)
  • B.M.A. DePauw University in piano and music business (2007)
In Their Own Words

"Be meticulous, know your stuff, and trust your instincts."

"I have said 'yes' to every possible job in order to learn until I started specializing in conducting, leadership, and technology. I'm looking forward to teaching the students not only the fine details of programming and performance, but also how to navigate a freelance career and to find happiness."