Kodály and Odyssey Choir
Kodály Instruction and Odyssey Choir
Melissa Rooklidge founded and directs the Odyssey Choir, in addition to teaching Kodály courses, adult musicianship classes, and vocal musicianship private lessons at Opus Ithaca. She also currently serves as the assistant music director for the GMChorale in Middletown, Connecticut. Ms. Rooklidge was the founding artistic director of the Waterbury Youth Chorus from 2011-2016, and she served as the Yale Camerata chorus manager and concert production assistant at Yale University from 2012-2015. Additionally, Ms. Rooklidge taught choirs, general music, and voice throughout Connecticut in public and private schools from 2011-2017. 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. Ms. Rooklidge also sings with Alchemy, a professional vocal chamber ensemble based in Connecticut, and she has had the honor of singing in choruses in prominent venues such as Carnegie Hall in New York City. 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 Kodály expert Dr. Susan Brumfield.