Cheryl Melfi

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Dr. Cheryl Melfi has served as principal clarinetist has served as principal clarinetist in the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra, the Catalina Chamber Orchestra, and the Michigan Pops Orchestra. She is a past member of the Crosswinds Ensemble, the Arizona-based wind quintet Fünf, and the contemporary music quartet THUD. She has also performed with contemporary music groups including the Contemporary Directions Ensemble, the Prime Directive, and the Nova Chamber Players, and has collaborated with several composers on new works for the clarinet. Recently she has premiered new works by Christopher Levin, Ryan Jesperson, Peiying Yuan, and Daniel Eichenbaum, and new collaborations are now underway. She is a frequent collaborator with the Kansas City Electronic Music and Arts Alliance. In 2009 and 2010 she served as a clinician at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Summer Composition Workshop. Dr. Melfi has appeared as a guest artist and clinician at the University of Central Oklahoma and the Music Arts Institute, and her performance at the 2008 International Clarinet Association’s ClarinetFest was called “excellent” and “exotic.”

From 2005–2007 Dr. Melfi was Instructor of Clarinet at Mahidol University in Thailand. While living in Southeast Asia she served as faculty artist for the Southeast Asian Youth Orchestra and Wind Ensemble (SAYOWE), and presented recitals, clinics and workshops at the Asian Symphonic Band Competition (ASBC), the Singapore Bandmasters’ Workshop, the Gitameit Music Center in Yangon, and other events throughout the region. In 2007 she performed in Yangon with U Maung Maung, the principal clarinetist of the Myanmar Radio and Television Orchestra, in the first-ever collaboration between American and Burmese clarinetists. Dr. Melfi holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Arizona, the Master of Music degree from the University of Michigan, and the Bachelor of Music degree from Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory of Music. Her clarinet teachers include Jerry Kirkbride, E. Fred Ormand, and David Bell.

Currently Dr. Melfi is Assistant Director and Instructor of Clarinet at the Community Music and Dance Academy. In that capacity she has expanded the Academy’s clarinet studio, founded a faculty recital series, and collaborated with outstanding artists and educators on the creation of new and innovative arts programs.