About Me


A little about me:
Welcome! My name is Emily Meixner, though sometimes you'll find me online as Emily Byrd Starr.  I am a resident of the United States of America and I aspire to be a Catholic in heart, mind, body, and soul. Currently, I am a graduate student in sacred music at the University of Notre Dame and the music director at a local episcopal church.
I found my calling to be a church musician while I was an English major/piano minor at Franciscan University, and so I switched my major to sacred music (a.k.a. Gregorian chant and sacred polyphony) and organ performance and I never looked back! I recently earned my master of music degree in organ from the Cleveland Institute of Music and I am currently working towards my doctorate in organ at Notre Dame University. I am currently five semesters, three recitals, one dissertation, and one DMA exam away from saying, "I'm the Doctor." ;-)  Although one day I hope to serve as the music director at a Catholic parish, I am enjoying my work in the episcopal community for the time being!
In addition to my love for my faith and for music, I am terribly bookish -- I love to read and, most of all, I love stories! Some of my favorites include The Lord of the Rings, The Chronicles of Narnia, Harry Potter, Brideshead Revisited, A Man for All Seasons, North and South, Crime and Punishment, The Little Prince, The Velveteen Rabbit, and The Tale of Despereaux, to name a few of the stories especially dear to my heart. I am also a little obsessed with British culture! ;-) 
About this blog: 
As some of you may remember, this blog was originally created under the title "Smatterings of Reverie from Bag Shot Row" and was meant as a place where I could share art, quotes, music, and the like, a.k.a. "Smatterings of Reverie." However, as time has passed, this blog has evolved from a place to share art and beauty to a place to talk about art and beauty. And so, over the past year, I revamped several aspects, including the title. I wanted to keep the allusion to Tolkien and Middle Earth, which was my first love and obsession while I was in high school and remains to this day one of my favorite novels. Since this blog has evolved more into a discussion and occasionally dialogue, "quibble"  (definition: a slight objection or criticism) seemed like more of an apt description -- though its similarity to the title of the wizard tabloid "The Quibbler" from Harry Potter is no coincidence! The tea reference not only encompasses a variety of my favorite things -- from hobbits to Lewis to British culture -- but also serves as a delightful companion to any good discussion!
Above all, this blog is dedicated to beauty. Someone once told me that music isn't just "pretty stuff, but a matter of life and death." A bit much, you might say? I disagree. True beauty has the ability to heal the soul. Just as a doctor is charged with healing the body, the artist is charged with healing the soul through the creation of beauty. Beauty also helps awaken the heart to the truth. Truth speaks to the mind, but beauty speaks to the heart. For this reason, they must be presented together, especially in the liturgy. As Pope emeritus Benedict XVI once said, "I think that the great music born within the Church is an audible and perceptible rendering of the truth of our faith. In listening to sacred music -suddenly we feel: it is true!"