A native of Venezuela, Ms. Meléndez started her musical career in ‘El Sistema’, and in the prestigious Emil Friedman School in Caracas. She holds a Bachelor degree from “Louisiana State University”, a Master degree from “The Cleveland Institute of Music”, and an Artist Diploma from “Duquesne University.”
While completing her Doctoral degree in 2006, Ms. Meléndez played for three seasons as a member of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and was a winner of the President’s Concert Competition 2004 held at the University of Arizona. In 2012, Ms. Meléndez played in Carnegie Hall as a guest artist of Draganov and Friends. On April of the same year, Ms. Meléndez premiered Gonzalo Castellanos-Yumar Concerto for Viola and Orchestra with the Carabobo Symphony in Venezuela.
A strong advocate on new music for the viola, Dr. Meléndez gave a lecture recital on Castellanos-Yumar’s viola concerto during the American Viola Society Festival 2016. Besides performing as a soloist and chamber musician in the South Texas area, Dr. Meléndez is involved in many educational programs in Corpus Christi. She is the Assistant Conductor of the Corpus Christi Area Youth Orchestra, co-director of the Coastal Bend String and Suzuki Camp. For the past ten years, she has built and developed the Curriculum of the Suzuki in the Schools Program at the Early Childhood Development Center located in the campus of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Her curriculum Pk4 through 6 grades was presented in the Suzuki Conference in 2008 and 2016. Currently, Dr. Melissa Melendez is the Principal Violist of the Kingsville Symphony Orchestra, the Principal Violist of the Victoria Symphony Orchestra, the Assistant Principal Violist of the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra.