Melissa Thatcher received her Masters degree in violin performance from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College in New York, where she was a student of Daniel Phillips. She received the Chamber Music Live Award, the Graduating Master’s Award, and the Discimus ut Serviamus Award during her studies there. A featured soloist of the Copland Symphony Orchestra, Melissa won the Concerto Competition at the Aaron Copland School as a first year student.
Having attended several years at the Aspen Music Festival as a student of Herbert Greenberg, Melissa has continued to perform with such outstanding ensembles as The Sylvan String Quartet, The Sebastian Chamber Players, and The New York Symphony Ensemble presenting their debut concert at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall.
An avid Pedagogue, Melissa completed post-graduate studies at The Juilliard School before being accepted as a student of the world-famous teacher Professor Burkhard Godhoff in Southern France.
With a thriving studio that spans the ages of two to eighteen, Melissa’s students have won scholarships at such festivals and schools as Domaine Forget, Eastern Music Festival, Bowdoin International Music Festival, Heifetz International Music Institute, Foulger International Festival, and gone on to study privately with renowned artists such as the Shanghai String Quartet, Herbert Greenberg, and Yehonatan Berick.
Melissa currently resides in Windsor, California, with her husband and two young children.