Professor of Music
Melissa Malde has performed with numerous organizations throughout the United States, including Opera Colorado, Kentucky Opera, Ohio Light Opera, the Bangor Symphony, the Cedar Rapids Symphony, Dorian Opera Theatre, the Cheyenne Symphony, the Colorado Music Festival and Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre. She has sung abroad with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, with the Prague Radio Symphony, and has also performed in Germany.
Dr. Malde holds degrees from Oberlin College and Conservatory, Northwestern University, the University of Cincinnati, and the Hochschule für Musik in Munich, where she studied under the auspices of a German Academic Exchange grant. While in Munich, she won first prize in the Kulturforum Competition. Other honors include winning Cincinnati Conservatory's Concerto Contest, first prize in Chicago's Sudler Oratorio Competition, a Farwell Award, and the Brice-Gooter Award in the Artist Award competition of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.
Dr. Malde has directed many opera and musical theatre productions, taught vocal literature and diction and currently specializes in vocal pedagogy. She has studied the Alexander Technique and is certified as an Andover Educator to teach Body Mapping. She is an active clinician and has held offices at the district and regional level of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. Her book, What Every Singer Needs to Know About the Body is available through Plural Publishing.