Odyssey Choir Director, Kodály Musicianship Instructor, and Vocal Musicianship Teacher
Melissa Rooklidge founded and directs the Odyssey Choir, in addition to teaching Kodály musicianship courses, teen music theory & aural skills, adult musicianship classes, and private vocal musicianship lessons at Opus Ithaca. She served as the Interim Artistic Director of the Cayuga Vocal Ensemble in fall 2019. Ms. Rooklidge previously held the position of Assistant Music Director and Director of Operations for the GMChorale in Middletown, Connecticut, from 2017-2019. She served as the Founding Artistic Director of the Waterbury Youth Chorus from 2011-2016, and 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 Istituto Comprensivo Ildovaldo Ridolfi in Tuscania, Italy, in 2010. She 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. Ms. Rooklidge studied conducting with Drs. André Thomas and Kevin Fenton at Florida State University, where she earned a Master of Music Education degree. She also holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree with a Concentration in Voice from Texas Tech University, mentored by acclaimed composer, conductor, and author Dr. Susan Brumfield.