Melissa Perry Bio
Melissa Perry began her love affair with singing when her mother heard her humming around the house and suggested she audition for the upcoming high school musical. She was cast as Mary Magdalene in JC Superstar and to this day folks in Ft. Worth Texas still stop her on the street saying, "Hey weren't you in Superstar way back when?" Melissa Perry received her Bachelors of Music cum laud from Westminster Choir College. She was invited by the voice department to teach voice at the Westminster Conservatory of Music when her instructor noticed her gift for teaching. Later she completed her double Masters of Music in both Voice and Opera at Temple University. She won every vocal competition offered at both schools. Melissa Perry was on adjunct faculty at Swarthmore College for 3 years. Melissa's post graduate work included 750 hours with Maestro Vittorio Rosetta of La Scala who taught her the training that she specializes in now specifically for singing performers. Her students over the last 20 years have gone to: On and Off Broadway productions and tours, Nashville recording studios, major conservatories and university music programs including several who received large scholarships. Melissa Perry presented and taught with Broadway Artists Alliance 2011, and master classes with KIDZ THEATER director, Kristen Caesar in 2011, and 2012. She co-taught with New York musical theater director Charles Tuthill at The Actor's Center in Philadelphia in 2004. She studied Alexander Technique with Esther Seligman, Pilates with Karen Carlson and she coaches with Gregory Buchalter of the Metropolitan Opera. She especially likes to give young singers a great start, train dancers to sing and re-direct new college graduates. Melissa still sings herself and is an advocate of new music. She was featured at the Welsh opera tenor Stephen Mullan’s New York Debut in 2011, and at recent Song’s for Sara concerts featuring operatic tenors Stuart Neill of the Met, John Packard, star of the San Francisco premiere of Dead Man Walking, America's Got Talent's 4th Place winner Donald Braswell and with Broadway stars Sarah Rice (Sweeney Todd) and Hal Robinson (The People in the Picture, Grand Hotel). Her favorite thing other than singing is laughing and eating dark chocolate!