Growing up in Lincoln, Miranda had many fond experiences of attending events at the First Parish and events up at the Stone Church. After being a music major at Wellesley College, she pursued a Master’s of Music in Organ Performance and Literature at Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. In 1994 she was a semifinalist in the Chartres International Organ Competition. From Eastman, she moved to New York City where she worked as an organist and concert producer of multi-media themed concerts and worked as Associate Organist at St. James’ Episcopal Church on Madison Avenue for three years. She moved back to the Boston area, and became Music Director at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Weston where she worked for seven years and developed the choirs as well as a concert series. She started focusing on singing professionally, taking vocal workshops and taking voice lessons. She was awarded a Banff Music Fellowship in 2006 to work on a multimedia performance about reconnecting to nature. While on the residency she was accepted as a contestant in the Handel Aria Competition in London where she met Harry Christophers who became conductor of the Handel and Haydn Society here in Boston. She has sung as a mezzo soprano with Handel and Haydn Chorus for ten years. In 2007 she had a formative experience at the Findhorn ecovillage training course in Scotland and decided to merge her love of nature and animals with music, video and photography. This led to ten years founding and running the non-profit Naturestage, and creating several nature-themed concerts including the Elephant Project, Buccaneers of Buzz: Celebrating the Honeybee and the One Language Project, www.onelanguageproject.com
which is an ongoing catalogue of stories – photoessays and healing-focused video interviews to show people acting with compassion and respect for an animal they know and love.
In recent years she has focused on her development as a painter and you can find her work at www.mirandaloudartist.com
. Her calendar of Cambridge cafés – a collaboration with food writer Corkie White sold over 750 copies before the pandemic. All along, Miranda has worked at various churches as a part-time or substitute organist to keep active her joy in organ and choral music. She feels very lucky to be the Acting Music Director at First Parish where she can work with the choir and continue to explore and interweave the elements of music, visual art, healing and love of animals that are her passions.