In her third season as the Principal Oboist of the Great Falls Symphony, Melanie began her musical studies on the violin at age five and added the oboe to her daily practice routine as a ten-year-old. A native of Chicago, she attended the University of South Carolina on a full academic scholarship and graduated summa cum laude with a double performance degree in violin and oboe. A 2012 graduate of the Eastman School of Music with her Master of Music, Melanie exercised versatility both as a performer and a pedagogue and was a winner of Eastman’s prestigious Graduate Teaching Award after serving as teaching instructor for secondary oboe. Performing as a member of Montana’s Premier Wind Quintet the Chinook Winds, Melanie and her fellow quintet members travel all across Montana and parts of the Pacific Northwest bringing the joy of chamber music to communities and schools both big and small. Additionally, Melanie wrote the script for the group’s wildly popular “My Funny Valentine” show and served as co-founder for the first annual Big Sky Double Reed Day in 2013. Melanie continues to perform on her violin as a section member in the Billings, Helena and occasionally Great Falls Symphonies and is also a registered Suzuki Violin Book 1 teacher, maintaining a private studio in Great Falls of both violin and oboe students. Her major teachers include Rebecca Nagel and Richard Killmer. When not making reeds, Melanie enjoys running, being outside and doing CrossFit.
Anna Meadors – Of Lightness
for flute, flute, oboe, oboe, clarinet, clarinet, violin, viola, cello, bass
Jonathan Hannau – Petite Counterpoint
for oboe, clarinet, violin, viola, bass