Raised in the coastal village of Blue Hill, Maine, Mesa was immersed in her family’s folk music tradition from an early age. Trained as a classical pianist, her formative instruction drew from the Suzuki method. As her musical development evolved, the influence of pop, rock, jazz and soul artists contributed to her diverse style.
While pursuing her degree in classical Piano Performance at the University of Maine, Orono, Mesa was part of the University Singers, Renaissance a cappella group, UMaine Jazz Ensemble, and served as accompanist for Collegiate Chorale and guest conductor for University Singers.
Most recently based in Nashville, she composed, performed and recorded in an original pop/rock band. Her involvement with the theatre department at Belmont University and Middle Tennessee State University included work as a collaborative pianist and musical director in multiple productions. Performing at numerous venues throughout New England and Tennessee, she remains active as a solo artist.
Mesa has been an instructor of piano, voice and ukulele for over 10 years, with students ranging in age from 5-95! Her teaching experience includes Bay Chamber Music School, Rockport, ME, RockZone School of Music, Nashville, TN, Virginia’s Music Center, Nashville, TN Murfreesboro Academy of Music, Murfreesboro, TN and currently she is a teaching artist at 317 Main in Yarmouth, ME.
Mesa’s musical versatility creates an engaging and dynamic teaching environment. With passion and enthusiasm for her craft, she strives in her lessons to cultivate a positive atmosphere in which to listen and learn. Students are coached in ear training and sight-reading to nurture well rounded musicianship. Mesa is excited to bring her teaching expertise to the Portland, Maine community!