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  • Melanie Dement, Associate Professor, Voice

    Associate Professor, Voice
    University of Delaware
    325 Amy E. du Pont Music Building
    Newark, DE 19716


    ​Melanie DeMent, soprano, is originally from Texas, where she received Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Arts in Vocal Performance degrees from Sam Houston State University, as a student of Walter Foster, and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance from the University of North Texas, as a student of the Edward Baird. Dr. DeMent is proud to acknowledge that her students have won many notable awards for their fine artistic and technical performances, including several national winners of the Music Teachers National Association competitions, winners of the Austrian American Auditions, the National Association of Teachers of Singing and the Bach Aria Group. Many of her students have continued their graduate studies at prestigious schools and conservatories.

    Dr. DeMent moved to Delaware from Philadelphia, where she was best known to audiences for her performances of Renaissance and Baroque music. She has been an acclaimed soloist with such ensembles as Pan's Fancy, Brandywine Baroque, the Philadelphia Renaissance Wind Band and Concerto Barocco, and is the featured soloist on the Brandywine Baroque CD Digging for Gold.

    A past winner of the San Francisco Opera’s Merola Opera Program, Dr. DeMent has been the soloist for the Houston Ballet and Orchestra, the Michiana New Music Ensemble, the Midland-Odessa Symphony & Chorale and the Canadian Wilfrid Laurier Chamber Orchestra. In addition to early music, she has an interest in the research and performance of obscure vocal repertoire, especially that of women composers.

    Dr. DeMent belongs to the Voice Foundation in Philadelphia, an international organization of physicians, voice scientists and teachers dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of career voice users and the continued education of the professionals that serve them. She has served as state president of the Delaware State Music Teachers Association and both state governor and eastern regional governor of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. After serving on the editorial board of the Music Teachers National Association journal,American Music Teacher, she now reviews vocal books on pedagogy and performance, as well as biographies and new editions of vocal music. In addition to teaching vocal pedagogy at the University, her other pedagogical interests include treatments in vocal fold injury therapy and age-related problems in singers.




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  • Department of Music
  • Amy E. du Pont Music Building
  • University of Delaware
  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
  • Phone: 302-831-2578