Melanie Erena Kjellsen , horn, enjoys performing, teaching, and listening to all types of music, new and old. Performance opportunities have taken her around the globe to Canada, Europe, and China, as well as across the United States where she has appeared in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Washington, D.C.’s John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Chicago’s Symphony Center, and Cleveland’s Severance Hall.
As a Chicago-based orchestral musician, Melanie frequently appears with ensembles throughout the Midwest. Recent engagements have included performances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, Peoria Symphony Orchestra, Quad City Symphony Orchestra, and the Lexington Philharmonic, among others. From 2014-2016, she was a Fellow in the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, where, under the mentorship of cellist Yo-Yo Ma, she worked to design and implement engagement projects to bring classical music to numerous underserved schools and communities throughout Chicago.
Deeply devoted to music education, Melanie is in demand as a private instructor and maintains a full studio of students. In 2014, she joined the faculty of the Luzerne Music Center, where she has spent the past three summers serving as instructor of horn, coaching chamber music, and performing on the Faculty Artist Concert Series at the Luzerne Chamber Music Festival.
Melanie holds a Master of Music degree from the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University. A native of Lexington, Kentucky, Miss Erena earned both Bachelor of Music in Music Performance and Bachelor of Music in Music Education degrees from the University of Kentucky, graduating Summa Cum Laude. Her primary teachers are Gail Williams, Jonathan Boen, and David G. Elliott.
Melanie performs exclusively on Mutec Mutes.