Melanie Emelio


Professor of Voice at Pepperdine University

  • D.M.A., Vocal Performance, University of Maryland, 2001
  • M.M., Vocal Performance, Rice University, Shepherd School of Music, 1987
  • B.M.Ed., Voice, Piano, Abilene Christian University, 1985

Key Awards/Affiliations:

  • Graves Research Award, 2004
  • Seaver Fellow of Music 2001, 2003
  • Enrichment Grant, Natl. Assoc. of Teachers of Singing, 2001
  • Overhulser Vocal Scholarship, University of Maryland, 1998
  • Concerto Competition Winner, Rice University, 1987
  • Texas Music Educators Association
  • Natl. Assoc. of Teachers of Singing, numerous competition awards
  • Affiliate Artist, Houston Baptist University, 1997-98
  • Stage and Music Director, Ritz Community Theatre

Academic Interests:

  • Music Education, Voice

Selected Works:

  • Dissertation: "The Solo Vocal Works of Jean Berger"


  • Maryland Opera Studio
  • Vocal Recitals in the United States and Germany
  • Operatic Roles: Susanna in Handel's Susanna; Zita in Gianni Schicchi; Frasquita in Carmen; Yum-Yum in Mikado; Fiordiligi in Cosi Fan Tutte; Rosina in Barber of Seville; and many others.