Dr. Melissa Morgan combines performance and scholarship with her teaching. She has published in the American Choral Directors Association, Choral Journal and presented a poster session and a lecture recital at the Choral Canada Podium Conference (2014 & 2016). Melissa is the Pfeifer Memorial Chair of Music at Luther College High School where she is responsible for the Luther College Senior Choir, the auditioned choir AVE, the String Ensemble, the Luther Band, and the IB music program. Her choirs have performed at the Association of Canadian Choral Communities Podium Conference (2010 & 2016) and as showcase choirs at the Rocky Mountain Music Festival in Banff (2011 & 2015). In January 2016, Melissa was the guest conductor of the Winnipeg School Division Honour Choir. She is also called upon to adjudicate for various music festivals in and around the province of Saskatchewan.
In the spring of 2015, Melissa formed the spring the Prairie Lecture Choir, a recital choir for her Prairie Choral Project and dissertation research. Their first performance comprised an entire concert of original choral compositions by composers from the Prairie region. The concert was an empowering experience to audience members and choristers alike. It affirmed that Prairie communities have many beautiful choral compositions and a strong tradition of singing. After the initial recital, the choir did not want to disband, and they continue to discover, promote, and perform the choral works of composers from the Prairie Provinces. Since this time, the choir was renamed the Prairie Chamber Choir and they have performed as part of a lecture recital at the 2016 Choral Canada Biennial Podium Conference. In the fall of the same year, the choir was a feature performer at the Western Canadian Music Awards. In the fall of 2017, the choir will release their first CD and in March 2018 they will perform the Faure Requiem with the Regina Symphony Orchestra.
Raised in Regina, Saskatchewan, Melissa holds a Doctorate of Music Performance in Choral Conducting from the University of Toronto, a Master of Music Performance in Choral Conducting from the University of Western Ontario, a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Regina. She is also an Associate of the Toronto Royal Conservatory of Music (ARCT) in piano, voice, and flute. In October, 2017 Melissa was named as one of CBC Saskatchewan's Future 40 under 40 recipients.
Melissa's research interests include regionalism through choral compositions from the Canadian Prairie West.
Please visit the Canadian Prairie Choral Music Research Project link to submit scores.