Since 2001, Melanie Keller has been a busy flute instructor in the San Francisco Bay Area. She currently maintains studios in San Mateo (Mondays) and Menlo Park (Wed & Thurs) and is accepting students at both locations.
Ms. Keller places a strong emphasis on ensuring her students have a solid rhythmic, theory and eartraining foundation, beautiful tone, and fluid technique. She also works diligently with her students to ensure that they are feeling comfortable and relaxed for any performance situation. She is happy to work with students of all levels and ages, including those students wishing to prepare for auditions/competitions. Ms. Keller believes that a life-long enjoyment of music can begin through nurturing, careful instruction and tailors her instruction for each student, ensuring that the student receives the best training possible for future success.
Ms. Keller is currently Principal Flute of the Symphony Napa Valley and Vallejo Symphony and serves as Personnel Manager for both orchestras. She also performs regularly with other orchestras in the San Francisco Bay Area. Mrs. Keller has spent recent summers performing at Festival del Sole, the Mendocino Music Festival, the Aspen Music Festival, the Texas Music Festival and the Las Vegas Music Festival, and touring the world with the American Russian Young Artists Orchestra and the Jeunesses Musicales World Orchestra.
Ms. Keller is a founding member of The Avenue Winds, a Bay-Area based woodwind quintet that maintains a special interest in performing works by living Bay Area composers (www.avenuewinds.com). A frequent prizewinner at national flute competitions, she won 1st Place in the 2005 Mid-Atlantic Flute Fair Young Artist Competition and has been a prizewinner in several other national competitions. She received her M.M. degree in the studio of Timothy Day at the San Francisco Conservatory and her B.M. degree in the studio of Mark Sparks at the Peabody Institute.
She currently resides in Belmont, CA with her husband, Blaise, and their sons, Owen and Jacob.
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