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Melanie Mitrano

Melanie Mitrano is a singer-songwriter whose vocal and compositional styles span many genres from jazz to classical, avante-garde, and Broadway. “All Things Gold,” her most recent album, features “straight-up acoustic vocal jazz in a champagne glass – swinging, clean, cool and refined.” To date, six of the songs on the disc have won compositional awards. Brazilian music also factors heavily into Melanie's artistic profile. Fluent in Portuguese, she performs Brazilian standards and also pens her own Portuguese-language songs.

Melanie is a member of and two-time grant recipient from the New York Women’s Composers and a winner of numerous composition awards from the Songwriters Association of Washington, ASCAP, Billboard, and the Summit City Art Song Festival. Her classical song cycle “Phobias & Infatuations” won the 2011 Summit City Art Song Festival Composition Award, and her theater piece, a dramatic song cycle entitled “Blind Spots,” placed as a semi-finalist in the 2015 NJ Playwright's Contest.

Melanie’s compositions have been showcased at the Women Composers Festival of Hartford, Women in Music Columbus, the Cape May Singer-Songwriter Festival, First Night Morris, with Composers Concordance, the Diane Moser Composers Big Band, the Astoria Big Band, on Arts Up Close Montclair TV 34, Union After Dark TV 34, Spotlight Morris County, Circuit Bridges Fifteen Minutes-of-Fame, Hawaii Public Radio, and SkyJazz Internet Radio, where she was a Favorite Artist Poll Winner. Her two worldwide podcasts for Classical Music Discoveries both placed in the top ten shows of all time with approximately 20 million listens. She currently serves as cofounder, resident composer and vocalist with the InterXchange Ensemble, based in São Paulo, Brazil.

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Voice / vocals

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Credentials/Background

Melanie Mitrano has the distinction of being the first woman to receive a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the New England Conservatory in Boston, and also holds an MM and BM in vocal performance from the Eastman School of Music. She has premiered student and faculty compositions at Yale, NYU, NEC, Colombia University, MIT, The New School of Music, and the Symposium for Arts and Technology at Connecticut College. Dr. Mitrano began her teaching career at Connecticut College in New London; and from 1996-2001, served on the faculty of New Jersey City University as Coordinator of Vocal Studies. A dedicated educator and frequent clinician, she has lectured at several NJMEA state conferences, high schools, and universities, including the Mannes College of Music, Western Connecticut State University, Kutztown University, Brooklyn College, and the University of New Hampshire. She has served as an adjudicator for the NJ NATS Festival of Singing and the National Federation of Music Clubs. Since 1999, Dr. Mitrano has been a member of the editorial board of The New Music Connoisseur, a Manhattan-based journal dedicated to the advancement of contemporary music. Her articles have been published in NMC, as well as Tempo Magazine, the MENC international edition of Spotlight on Teaching Chorus, and the NATS Journal of Singing. Currently, she teaches on the music faculty of County College of Morris and maintains a busy private voice studio in New Jersey.

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Albums

All Things Gold

Self Produced
2010

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