Strings, Suzuki Harp


Melissa received her B.M. in Harp Performance and M.M. in Harp Performance from the Peabody Conservatory of Music. She attended The Salzedo School, Summer Harp Colony for seven summers. Melissa also studied and completed Suzuki Harp Training Bks 1, 2.

Performance and Teaching Experience

Melissa has performed with a number of orchestras concert engagements including The Washington National Opera, The Baltimore Symphony, The National Philharmonic, The Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, The Kirov Ballet, The Royal Ballet, Alexandria Symphony, Maryland Symphony, Arlington Symphony, Salisbury Symphony, The National Orchestral Institute, Mambo Kings, and many more.

She performed in Nickel/Dvorak-Flute and Harp Duo (2012-present) and Eclatante-Flute and Harp Duo, (2000-2011).

Concert engagements include Kent Chamber Music Series, Church of the Epiphany Concert Series, Southwest Chamber Players Series, Salisbury University’s Cultural Events Series, The Prince Theater Recital Series, An Die Musik Live! Recital Series, The State of the Arts Recital Series at US State Dept, George Mason University Faculty and many more.

Melissa’s freelance work include being in a featured Performance for Pope Francis’ visit to the US (September 2015) and at the 2005 Presidential Inauguration. Additionally, Dvorak has had the honor of performing for every living U.S. President.

Melissa has owned a private teaching studio since 2001. She was on faculty of Northern VA CC, Alexandria, Salisbury University, Howard University, and The Holton Arms School. She is also Director of the harp camp at the Alexandria Band, Orchestra and HARP camp!

At Levine

Melissa started teaching at Levine in 2017 for harp and Suzuki harp.

She says, “I am looking forward to collaborating with other faculty and being immersed in music of all types!”

Teaching Philosophy and Approach

“My goal is to instill a love for music, through playing the harp that will last a lifetime. I believe that everyone has a musical voice and choosing the right approach to match their learning style is imperative. I do my best to set goals each week with a practice plan, so that the student feels empowered and excited to continue their musical journey for years to come!”


I enjoy travel, cooking and spending time with my 2 young kids (who are also Levine students!)