Melissa Brunkan, Mentoring Program Apprentice, received degrees from the University of Minnesota and Northwestern Universtiy in Evanston, IL. in music education, voice performance, vocal pedagogy and choral conducting. Previous to her current position, Melissa Brunkan taught music, voice and choir at the elementary, middle school, high school and university level.
Throughout her time as a teacher, Melissa has also been an active vocal performer throughout the country in opera, oratorio and concert settings. Since 2000, Melissa has taught choral/vocal music and sound art ( a new creation/composition-based exploratory music class) at the Fine Arts Interdisciplinary Resource Middle School in Crystal, MN.
Since the school's opening in the fall of 2000, the students at FAIR School have participated in non-auditioned choirs performing throughout the city. She has also taught voice at the college level as well as in a private studio.
Melissa has served as the American Choral Directors Association of Minnesota Repertoire and Standards Chairperson for Elementary Music as well as being a member of NATS, IFCE, MENC, MMEA, the Voice Care Network and OAKE. Ms. Brunkan serves as the music director and vocal coach at Stages Theater Co. and enjoys spending free time with her daughter, Madi and black lab, Sirius Black.
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