Melissa Rooklidge enjoys teaching students of all ages, and strives to inspire youth and adults through the guiding power of music. She has taught choruses, music, and voice throughout Connecticut to students ages 5-18 in community choruses, public schools, and private schools since 2011, and appears as a guest clinician nationally and abroad. Currently serving as the assistant director to the Greater Middletown Chorale in Connecticut, Ms. Rooklidge also founded and served as the artistic director of the Waterbury Youth Chorus from 2011-2016. She additionally worked as the Yale Camerata chorus manager and concert production assistant at Yale University from 2012-2015. As a guest clinician, she taught in her second language of Italian as the visiting music instructor at Il Dovaldo Ridolfi elementary school in Tuscania, Italy, in 2010, and she will appear as a choral clinician for the San Diego Youth Choral Festival in August 2018. Ms. Rooklidge also sings with Alchemy, a professional chamber chorus based in Connecticut, and she has had the honor of singing in choruses in prominent venues such as Carnegie Hall in New York. She studied conducting with Drs. André Thomas and Kevin Fenton, having earned a Master of Music Education degree from Florida State University, and she also holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree with a concentration in voice from Texas Tech University, mentored by acclaimed Kodàly expert Dr. Susan Brumfield.