Melissa Mony is a exciting saxophonist and recent graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music studying a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance. Melissa has been fortunate to study with a wealth of notable Australian jazz musicians including David Theak, Col Loughlan, Philip Slater, Judy Bailey, Craig Scott and Sandy Evans.
Melissa is a member of the Sirens Big Band; the 17-piece super-collective of improvisers and composers who push the boundaries of the traditional big band format with their electric exploration of world music. Melissa featured as a soloist on several tracks on their debut album ‘Kali and the Time of Change’. The album was work-shopped and developed as part of the prestigious Bundanon Trust residency program in mid-2012 and recorded not long after at ABC studios Sydney. Melissa has enjoyed performing with the Sirens at the Sydney festival, Club 505, Sound Lounge and the BlueBeat.
Melissa is also a dedicated and enthusiastic educator and has developed a confident and informed pedagogic style over the last ten years in a variety of situations from private lessons to school band workshops and conducting. She has run an in demand private teaching studio in Kuringai with over 30 students and periodically tutors at a number of Sydney schools including Ravenswood, Wahroonga Public School, Killara Public School and Turramurra High School. She takes great pride in her students’ musical development and has had outstanding success with her pupils participating in graded music exams, eisteddfods and HSC music.
Melissa is currently the jazz band conductor at Curl Curl North PS, Bilgola Plateau PS and is also a concert band conductor at Killara High School. She regularly conducts performances at band festivals and eisteddfods on the north shore and northern beaches and has toured to the Big Band Blast Festival in Port Macquarie.
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