Melissa Melendez, an accomplished violist and teacher, is sought after as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestra player, clinician and artist teacher. A native of Venezuela, Ms. Melendez started her musical career in ‘El Sistema’ and in the prestigious Emil Friedman School in Caracas. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University, a Master’s degree from The Cleveland Institute of Music, and an Artist Diploma from Duquesne University.
While completing her Doctoral degree in 2006, Ms. Melendez played for three seasons as a member of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and was a winner of the President’s Concert Competition 2004 held at the University of Arizona. In 2012, Ms. Melendez played in Carnegie Hall as guest artist of Draganov and Friends and on April of the same year, Ms. Melendez premiered Gonzalo Castellanos-Yumar’s Concerto for Viola and Orchestra with the Carabobo Symphony in Venezuela. Currently, Dr. Melissa Melendez is the Principal Violist of the Kingsville Symphony Orchestra, the Principal Violist of the Victoria Symphony Orchestra, and the Assistant Principal Violist of the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra. She is also the Director of the Suzuki Program in the Schools at the Early Childhood Development Center located in the campus of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, and the Assistant Conductor of the Corpus Christi Area Youth Orchestra. Dr. Melendez is the co-founder and director of the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Coastal Bend String and Suzuki Camp.