Merissa Coleman holds a Bachelor's degree in Vocal Performance and a Master's degree in Choral Conducting. As a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Akron, she participated in and directed multiple ensembles. She was the pioneer director of the School of Music housed "Women's Ensemble" and the Honor's College sponsored female A Capella group "Kanga-Blue".
Merissa currently sings with "Singers Companye", a professional choral ensemble in Akron under the direction of Dr. Samuel Gordon. As a soprano chorister and soloist in numerous ensembles, she has performed several times at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. and in multiple European tours and competitions, performing in Spain, Italy, France, Germany, Luxembourg, and Austria.
She has been featured as a soloist for the Akron Symphony Orchestra, and has recently sung in the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus and Chamber Chorus. Merissa has also performed in many staged productions, such as the opera "Porgy and Bess" with the Akron Symphony Orchestra and the world premiere of the musical "Tuning In" at E.J. Thomas Hall.
Most recently she was a member of the chamber choir for the Cleveland Orchestra production of Janacek's "Cunning Little Vixen".