Marywood String Celebration
Friday & Saturday, October 20 - 21, 2017
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Ms. Mélisse Brunet
Mélisse Brunet is one of the six conductors selected from 161 applicants representing 33 countries for the Linda and Mitch Hart Institute for Women conductors at The Dallas Opera, taking place November 5-19, 2017 in Dallas, Texas. She is in her third year as the Assistant Conductor of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic. She guest conducted with them the 2016 Valentine’s and Independence Day concerts, the pops concert “Wicked Divas” in October, as well as their Christmas Holiday concerts in December. In late June 2017, she also was asked to jump in for the Independence Day concerts. She also regularly guest conducts the French professional Opéra Orchestre National Montpellier, the Opéra de Rouen, the Orchestre Symphonique et Lyrique de Nancy, the Orchestre d’Auvergne and the Orchestre Régional de Normandie. Additionally, in January, Mélisse made her guest conducting debuts with Symphoria, the orchestra based in Syracuse, NY, in a program dedicated to Beethoven and Haydn.
Mélisse believes that each stage appearance is an opportunity for sharing her passion with the audience during concert talks and by the creative interaction of the musicians and the audience throughout the performance. In partnership with the musicians, she is always bringing and trying new ideas to develop and renew the concert form. Challenges motivate her and nourish her ideal of perpetual learning and personal growth. In 2016, she has been conducting several times The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra by Britten while narrating it from the podium to the audience. In partnership with the willing musicians, she adds live interviews and presentations that are professionally prepared under her guidance. Additionally, she introduced all the pieces to the crowd during the Holiday concerts and the Independence Day concerts in Scranton and Wilkes-Barre, PA for crowds reaching 5,000.
Her passion for sharing has always been transposed through her teaching and mentoring of younger musicians. She has been named the Director of Orchestral Activities at Appalachian State University and Music Director of the Appalachian Symphony Orchestra where she is conducting all the symphonic concerts, operas and musicals. In April 2017, she conducted four staged performances of the opera Die Zauberflöte by Mozart and during the Fall, she will conduct the concert “La French Touch”, including Dukas’ Fanfare pour la Péri, Mélisse’s own arrangement of Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme by Lully (in a period stylistic approach on modern instruments), Jean Françaix’s L’horloge de Flore with oboist Alicia Chapman and Ravel’s Boléro.
In the summer of 2014, Mélisse was a selected conductor at the prestigious Cabrillo Festival for new music in California. Other notable recent works include assistant conductor to Lionel Bringuier in the production of Bizet’s Carmen featuring the world renowned Magdalena Kožená with a staging of Calixto Bieito in Valladolid. Furthermore, Mélisse assisted the esteemed conductor and musician Jeannette Sorrell in Mozart’s Magic Flute with Apollo’s Fire in Cleveland and Oberlin. Moreover, a dynamic advocate of contemporary music, she was the conductor of the Cleveland Institute of Music New Music Ensemble from 2010 until 2013, and the conductor of the Experimental Orchestra FiveOne based in Cleveland. Mélisse has also had the fortunate opportunity to closely work with the composers Steven Stucky, Shulamit Ran, Michael Daugherty, Eugene O’Brien, Jennifer Higdon, Peter Eötvös, Marc-André Dalbavie, Eric Nathan and Florent Motsch. As an opera conductor, she conducted Dead Man Walking by Jake Heggie at the Power Center of Ann Arbor in the presence of Sister Helen Prejean, C.S.J., Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi at the Power Center of Ann Arbor. She will be conducting the musical Sweeney Todd by Stephen Sondheim during the Spring 2018 at the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts in Boone, NC.
A native of Paris, Mélisse Brunet began her studies on the cello. Soon becoming fascinated by the different sounds of various instruments, she learned to play the trumpet, French horn and piano. She graduated with academic honors from the University of La Sorbonne and from the highly selective Paris Conservatoire where she earned a Master’s in Orchestral Conducting as well as five diplomas in Harmony, Counterpoint, Renaissance Counterpoint, Orchestration, and Musical Analysis. Mélisse’s conducting teachers and mentors include Kenneth Kiesler, Pierre Boulez, Joel Smirnoff, Marc-André Dalbavie, Zsòlt Nàgy, and Carl Topilow. Mélisse took part in many international workshops and studied with distinguished conductors such as Marin Alsop, Gustav Meier, David Stern, Peter Eötvös, Markhand Thakar and Jorge Mester. Mélisse likes discovering teas, yoga, playing basketball, hiking, learning languages, spending time with her family and friends, and reading books.
Mr. Soo Han
SOO HAN is currently an instructor in the music education department and doctoral conducting assistant at Michigan State University, a member of the Board of Directors of the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic, a contributing editor for Hal Leonard’s Essential Elements for Strings, a D’Addario Orchestral Strings Artist, Conn-Selmer Educational Clinician, and the former Director of Orchestras & Department Chair of the Performing Arts Department at Carmel High in Carmel, IN.
Orchestras under his leadership experienced a great deal of success including 9 Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA) State Championship and being named Grand Champions at the National Orchestra Cup at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall.
He has collaborated with numerous artists, groups, and conductors such as Lynn Harrell, David Kim, and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. He has produced multiple recordings of complete symphonies with the CHS Symphony Orchestra, has commissioned and premiered several works for strings and full orchestras.
He is a frequent guest conductor of international, all-state, regional, and festival orchestras, and has presented string teacher clinics and workshops throughout United States and Australia.
He is the past-president of the Indiana American String Teachers Association and the chapter was awarded the ‘Most Improved Chapter’ during his time as president. He is a graduate of Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and holds his Master’s degree from Indiana University School of Education.
Ms. Marshall is an active violinist in the Ithaca area and is a member (David and Lesli Sagan chair) of the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, Ithaca's professional ensemble. She is frequently sought after as a string clinician at Suzuki institutes and workshops across the United States. Her high-energy style blends humor and passion, engaging players at the highest level for riveting performances.