Teaching Artist Statement
My greatest pleasure in teaching is guiding my students toward vocal freedom. Vocal freedom comes with understanding your body as an instrument and using your body efficiently for easy, beautiful, and flexible sound. Vocal freedom comes with building musical confidence - by plugging in to music as a language that expresses all of who you are. Most importantly, vocal freedom comes from finding a safe place in which to discover your voice as a channel to your most essential self.
Emily Browder Melville has been teaching voice to students of all ages and abilities for fifteen years. She brings a background in classical vocal studies and a love of jazz, musical theater, and folk. Her teaching tools are augmented by clinical training as a board-certified music therapist, Voice Movement Therapist, and certified Wellness Inventory Facilitator. Emily is the music coach for Tunefoolery, an ensemble of musicians with psychiatric disabilities, and was a long-time instructor at the New School of Music in Cambridge before joining the South Shore Conservatory faculty in 2009. She has a masters degree in Vocal Performance from the Longy School of Music and she was recently certified in Lovetri Somatic Voicework™ - Levels 1, 2, and 3.
Emily is the chair of the South Shore Conservatory voice department, and is also on the Early Childhood and Music Therapy faculties.
Emily is accomplished in numerous vocal styles. Her classical credits include roles with Opera Boston, including Mary Warren in The Crucible, Paquette in Candide, Aloës in L’étoile, Pauline in La Vie Parisienne, and Gianetta in L’elisir d’amore. Recordings include the role of the Boy in Lukas Foss’s Griffelkin with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Eve in Daniel Pinkham’s Garden Party, and soprano soloist in The River of Love, produced by New England Voices. Recent classical engagements include the holiday pops concert of the Wellesley Symphony Orchestra in December, 2011.
A founding member of the jazz-inspired vocal trio, E.S.P (with Patrice Williamson, Sandi Hammond, and pianist-arranger Mark Shilansky), Emily has been featured on “Eric in the Evening” on WGBH and performs regularly throughout New England. E.S.P. is about to release their first studio recording under the guidance of Kim Nazarian of the Grammy-award winning quartet New York Voices.
Emily also recently appeared in the lead role of Samantha in MONSTERS: the Musical at the Regent Theater in Arlington with GP Productions and as the cabaret opener at the Amazing Things Arts Center in Natick with collaborator Randy McGee.