Melissa Morgan

Melissa Morgan, DMA
Conductor, Educator, Performer    

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About Me

Photo credit Dr. Ian Chang

Photo credit Dr. Ian Chang

Dr. Melissa Morgan is a choral conductor, educator and performer. Currently, she directs the choral program at the University of Regina where she also teaches courses in choral conducting and vocal diction. In October, 2017 Dr. Morgan was named as one of CBC Saskatchewan's Future 40 under 40 recipients. She is frequently asked to appear as a clinician, adjudicator and guest conductor throughout Canada.  

Previous to her appointment at the University of Regina, Dr. Morgan was the Pfeifer Memorial Chair of Music at Luther College High School where she was 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 a variety of events including Association of Canadian Choral Communities Podium Conferences, showcase concerts at the Rocky Mountain Music Festival in Banff, the installation of the 22nd Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan ceremony and at Lincoln Center in New York City. 

Dr. Morgan was also the founder and artistic director of the Prairie Chamber Choir. Under her direction the Prairie Chamber Choir won second place in the National Competition for Canadian Amateur Choirs chamber choir category. The choir also released, Wake the Grain: Choral Art Music from the Prairies a recording to celebrate and honour composers from the Prairie region with a hope to encourage and support new Canadian music.

Throughout her education she has had the privilege of studying with exemplary teachers. She is grateful to have worked under the supervision of Dr. Hilary Apfelstadt, Dr. Victoria Meredith, Kathryn Laurin, and Diana Woolrich. Dr. Morgan 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. 

Dr. Morgan’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.

Videos & Recordings

Melissa Morgan directing the University of Toronto Women's Chorus, Dec. 8, 2013 MacMillian Theatre

This is a Wonder by David L. McIntyre and Alleluia by Charles E. Callahan

Melissa Morgan directing the University of Toronto Women's Chorus, Jialiang Zhu, Collaborative Pianist, Dec. 8, 2013 MacMillian Theatre

Luther College High School Senior Choir Video 2011-2012

Influence: Prairie Choral Music Revealed Melissa Morgan and the Prairie Lecture Choir Regina, Sk., Christ Lutheran Church, April 20, 2015 Lecture Recital featuring works by David L. McIntyre, Elizabeth Raum, Paul Suchan, Sid Robinovitch, Thomas Schudel, David L. Kaplan

The Lamb by David Ashley White and The Lamb by John Tavener

Melissa Morgan directing the University of Toronto MacMillian Singers, December 2012, MacMillian Theatre

Selected Recordings

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Melissa Morgan conducting the University of Toronto Women's Chorus. MacMillan Theatre, October 2013

Luther College Senior Choir's Special Concert at the Rocky Mountain Music Festival, Banff Springs Hotel, April 2015

Melissa Morgan conducts the Luther College Senior Choir during their Christmas Candlelight Service. Luther College Belsher Centre, December 2014

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