Melissa arrived in plenty of time for the scheduled event and did a wonderful job. We had several people comment on her playing ability and how beautiful it sounded. We were more than happy with her contribution to our daughter's wedding and would advise anyone to also have her at your event. Additionally she was a joy to work with both before, during, and after the event - very accomodating and timely responses to all communication.
Melissa was the featured harpist for the 55th Presidential Inauguration, and for the 2015 Historic Visit to the US by Pope Francis.
She is an active soloist and chamber music musician in the Greater Washington DC area, performs regularly at locations including the US Supreme Court, US Department of State, the Kennedy Center, Myerhoff Symphony Hall, Strathmore Music Center, US Naval Academy, DAR Constitution Hall, the Georgetown Club, The Willard Intercontinental and other area landmarks. Her recent orchestral appearances include Washington National Opera, National Philharmonic, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Maryland Symphony, Arlington Symphony, and Salisbury Symphony.
Melissa holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Harp Performance from The Peabody Conservatory of Music of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. While a student, Melissa was the recipient of both the Merit Scholarship and the Peabody Career Development Grant. She has studied with world-renowned harpists Alice Chalifoux and Jeanne Chalifoux, and attended the prestigious Salzedo Summer Harp Colony for 7 summers.