Western Michigan University, BM
DePaul University, MM & Artist Certificate
Melissa is currently pursuing a Performer’s Certificate at DePaul University under the guidance of Olga Kaler where she also received her Master of Music. She was born into a musical family, reading music by age two, and at six years old singing with the Children’s Opera Choir at the State Opera Theater in Cottbus Germany, where she spent most of her childhood. At age eight her parents enrolled her in the local conservatory where she picked up the violin. Upon returning to the U.S. she continued her studies with Stephen Shipps. Subsequently she earned her Bachelor of Music at Western Michigan University with Renata Knific, where she was honored to have been named the Esther and Julius Stulberg Scholar. Melissa has participated in music festivals in Germany, the Czech Republic, Italy and the U.S. Most recently, she performed at the Produce Festival in Chicago. She frequently plays at Covenant Presbyterian Church of Chicago and with various regional orchestras in the Chicago area. Melissa plays on a Paul Bailly violin generously on loan from the Virtu Foundation.