Maereg Million, double bass

Hometown: Wayland, Massachusetts

Meet Maereg

Maereg Million (double bass), 14, is from Wayland, Massachusetts. She is a 9th grader at Wayland High School and studies bass with Randall Zigler. At the age of six, Maereg began playing the bass with Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra’s Intensive Community Program. Now in BYSO’s top orchestra (BYS), Maereg has participated in 2 of their own operas including Belioz’s The Damnation of Faust and Bellini’s Norma. In 2021, Maereg was accepted into Boston’s Bridge to Equity in Achievement in Music. Since then, she has studied music theory under Ayeisha Mathis, Stephen Savage, and Ian Wiese at NEC. In that same year, Maereg was selected to take part in the Sphinx Performance Academy at Juilliard which she continued to attend for 3 years in Dr. Patricia Weitzel’s studio. She has participated in masterclasses with the Royal Academy of Music’s Chi-chi Nwanoku and the former principal bassist of the Metropolitan Opera, Tim Cobb.

Outside of bass, Maereg enjoys participating in theater and musicals at school and local drama programs. She sings with the Muses, her school’s a cappella group and continues to play with the Wayland High School orchestra. In addition, Maereg sees writing as another form of creative expression and takes to poetry and short stories.

Maereg has two younger brothers Ayehu and Melkam who also participate in BYSO’s orchestras. Together, they spend time fishing and kayaking at a nearby lake or tending to their pet chickens.