Mrs. Melissa Combe
Melissa (Kunz) Combe has truly enjoyed teaching Suzuki violin lessons for the past nine years and hopes to continue to do so for many more years to come. The aim of her studio is to provide musical instruction from a qualified teacher and violinist by building a strong relationship with each student and parent. She has received instruction through both Suzuki teacher training courses as well as performance, as she holds both Bachelor of Music (Brigham Young University) and Master of Music (University of Utah) Degrees in Violin Performance.
As a violinist in Salt Lake City’s Rosco String Quartet, Melissa performs regularly in functions all over the valley. As a member of the quartet, she has studied with members of the Juilliard String Quartet, American String Quartet, Tokyo String Quartet, as well as many others just within the past four years. In March 2014, she won first prize with the quartet at the National Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Chamber Music Competition in Chicago as first violinist playing Schubert’s “Death and the Maiden.”
Melissa grew up in Salt Lake City as a Suzuki student from age 3, studying with Doralee Madsen and Karen Child. As the daughter of a violin teacher, Katherine Kunz, she continues to collaborate with and has learned much from her mother as well.
Melissa is also an accomplished pianist and uses piano accompaniment as an integral part of her violin teaching. She has a great love and enthusiasm for teaching children of all ages. She and her husband Jeff currently reside in Salt Lake City with their energetic two-year old son. When she is not teaching or performing, she is taking care of her family, hiking, or baking. Group lessons are a favorite place of hers to share her baking skills with students and parents.