MAWA is happy to present an opportunity for vocalists to learn more about their instruments and pick up some new techniques for developing their sound. Whether you are self-taught, trained or just starting to sing, this workshop will give you tools to grow with. While musical training is beneficial,
it is NOT necessary for this workshop.
Pre-registration is requested for participation in this seminar by April 18th, 2018.
About the Instructor
Paul grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan and holds a Bachelor of Music degree from St. Olaf College with a concentration in vocal and Piano Performance as well as a Master of Music degree from Central Michigan University in Piano and Vocal Performance. With the St. Olaf Choir, he performed all over the United States and in Norway and has performed in prestigious halls such as DeVos Hall, Heinz Hall, Severance Hall and Carnegie Hall. In 2003, Paul was the First Place Winner of the Grand Rapids Youth Symphony Piano Concerto Competition and performed Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in DeVos Hall. In 2005, Paul was awarded first prize for the Schubert Club Competition of Minnesota. In 2007 and 2009 Paul was the concerto competition winner both at St. Olaf College and Central Michigan University playing Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor and Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-flat Major. Under the direction of Anton Armstrong, Paul’s playing was featured in the St. Olaf Choir production of “A Christmas in Norway” aired on PBS from 2005 through Christmas 2013.
In addition to his keyboard studies, Paul has experience in opera and has sung roles such as Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Rodolfo in La Boheme and Rinucchio in Gianni Schicchi with the opera program at Central Michigan University. Since 2012, Melcher has served both as singer and primary pianist for “Opera on the Edge” of Opera Columbus and has performed operas including La Boheme, Pagliacci, La Traviata and Don Giovanni.
Paul is the Director of Music at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church where he is the Church Organist, Pianist, Cantor and Choir Director. There Paul is the visionary for the yearlong concert series called “Music on the Hill.” Between July, 2013 and July, 2017 Music on the Hill hosted nearly 30 concerts which include professional as well as pre-professional musicians. Paul has brought in talent from major Conservatories such as Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Cleveland Institute, New England Conservatory, Jacobs School of Music, Belgrade Conservatory, Oparto Conservatory of Music, Tanglewood Music Center and The Ohio State University. Paul and his wife, Chelsea Melcher are co-founders of RED Music School.