Melissa Meléndez

Viola

Melissa Meléndez is currently Adjunct Professor of Viola at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and Orchestra Director of Roy Miller High School. Dr. Meléndez keeps an active performance schedule as an orchestral player, chamber musician, and soloist.

She is the assistant principal violist of the Corpus Christi Symphony, and Principal violist of the Victoria Symphony Orchestras. As a chamber musician, Dr. Melendez collaborates with the The Dali String Quartet Festival, The Aruba Symphony Festival, and with the faculty of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

As a soloist, Dr. Melendez has performed with the Corpus Christi Symphony, Victoria Symphony, Kingsville Symphony, Balcones Symphony Orchestra, Corpus Christi Chorale, Sinfónica de Carabobo and Virtuosi de Caracas. An avid supporter of new music for the viola, Meléndez performed the Castellanos-Yumar Concerto for Viola and Orchestra in the American Viola Society Festival 2016, and performed new music for viola and bassoon in the AVS Festival 2018. During the Islander Waves Festival 2018 Meléndez premiered the Concerto in Tango (piano and viola version) by Miguel del Aguila.

Previous to her position as an adjunct music professor, Dr. Melendez was the director of the Suzuki in the Schools Program at the Early Childhood Development Center (a partnership with the Corpus Christi School District and Texas A&M University Corpus Christi), where she had the opportunity to applied the Suzuki Philosophy in the classroom. Her findings, observations and curriculum for grades Pk 4 through 6, was presented and given special attention at the Suzuki Association of the Americas Conferences in 2009 and 2016. As an advocate for music education and community outreach, Dr. Meléndez directs activities such as the Corpus Christi Viola Project, Islander Viola Days; and is Guest artist and chamber music coordinator at the Aruba Symphony Festival (Oranjestad, Aruba). She is also the assistant director of the Corpus Christi Area Youth Orchestra. Melissa Meléndez holds a Bachelor in Music Performance from Louisiana State University, a Master in Music Performance from The Cleveland Institute of Music, an Artist Diploma from Duquesne University, a Doctorate in Musical Arts from the University of Arizona, and a certification on Nonprofit Management from Texas A&M University.