Melissa Thorburn Adjunct Professor
BM - Louisiana State University
MM - New England Conservatory of Music
Mezzo-soprano Melissa Thorburn has performed nationally and internationally with such organizations as the Philadelphia Orchestra, the National Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Vancouver Symphony, the Bermuda Festival, and the Little Orchestra Society. She sang with the symphony orchestras of St. Louis, Indianapolis, Utah, Seattle, Memphis, and Puerto Rico, among others, and has appeared with the opera companies of Sacramento, Ca, Austin, TX, Knoxville, TN, Sarasota, FL, Omaha, NE, and Kansas City, MO. Local engagements include appearances with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Greater Buffalo Opera, as well as recitals for the Friends of Vienna. Currently an adjunct professor of fine arts at Canisius, she has taught on the music faculties of the University at Buffalo and Niagara County Community College and also teaches privately.
Thorburn received bachelor of music degrees in both piano and vocal performance from Louisiana State University (both summa cum laude), studied piano in Paris for two years on fellowships from the French and American governments, and received a master of music degree in vocal performance from the New England Conservatory of Music, from which she graduated with honors and distinction.