Melody Baker is the adjunct instructor of clarinet and saxophone at the College of Central Florida. Along with this appointment, she is currently pursuing her Master of Music degree in Music Performance at the University of Florida. Also a Graduate Assistant in the clarinet studio at UF, Melody assists in administering clarinet lessons, maintaining the sizable clarinet choir library, and aiding in other day-to-day activities of the studio. She has also been a member of three major University of Florida music ensembles: the Wind Symphony, the Orchestra, and the Clarinet Ensemble. In March of 2013, Melody performed Rossini’s Introduction, Theme, and Variations with the Clarinet Ensemble as the winner of the 2013 Clarinet Studio Competition. She has also acted as a substitute clarinetist in the Ocala Symphony Orchestra and the Central Iowa Symphony Orchestra and maintains a clarinet studio at Great Southern Music in Gainesville.
Melody received her BM in Clarinet Performance summa cum laude at Drake University in Des Moines, IA. While studying at Drake, she was inducted into the prestigious fraternity Pi Kappa Lambda. Throughout her graduate and undergraduate years, Melody has had the opportunity to study with several influential teachers including Jackie Glazier, clarinet; Clarence Padilla, clarinet; Dr. Gregory Oakes, clarinet; Dr. Joseph Messenger, clarinet; Joyce Wheeler, bass clarinet and saxophone; and Dr. Lynn Zeigler and Ruth Harris, organ. Musical experience on different instruments has allowed Melody to receive the Amott scholarship for clarinet, accompany the Ames Children’s Choir on clarinet, receive the Fleming Scholarship for organ, perform as church organist for St. John Lutheran Church, as well as perform in various ensembles at Drake University and Iowa State University.
Professionally, Melody is aiming to earn her PhD and teach clarinet at the college level. Besides expanding her knowledge of the clarinet and saxophone and their accompanying repertoires, she is also interested in studying the relationship of atonal music and driving worldviews that may have influenced it.