Melissa Robinson, hornist, is a young professional musician who is proficient in many areas of music. She has won national and international solo competitions, performed in ensembles throughout the United States and Europe, and taught music both privately and at the collegiate level. Her education includes graduating with a Doctorate in Horn Performance from the University of Kansas, a Masters of Music from Yale University, and dual concentrations in music education and performance from the University of Northern Iowa.
Dr. Robinson won her first concerto competition at the age of fifteen with the South- East Iowa Symphony. She has since won others including the national Yamaha Young Performing Artist Competition, Rome Festival Orchestra Concerto Competition and the Web Concert Hall Competition. Besides winning these and other competitions, Melissa has performed as a soloist with bands and orchestras across the United States and Europe. In the summer of 2001 she won the Rome Festival Orchestra Concerto Competition and was invited to travel to Italy to perform in a solo capacity with the Rome Festival Orchestra as well as participate in the festival as Associate Principal Horn and in miscellaneous chamber ensembles.
Dr. Robinson also has professional experience in orchestras throughout Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Wisconsin, Florida, Oregon, and Nebraska. Additionally, she has performed professionally with the American Wind Symphony Orchestra based out of Pennsylvania, Des Moines Metro Opera in Iowa, Owensboro Symphony out of Kentucky, and the Evansville Philharmonic and Bloomington Camerata Orchestras in Indiana. In addition to national ensembles she has also performed in Hungary, the Netherlands, and Italy.
Melissa has played in many varied chamber venues including brass and woodwind quintets, wind octet, horn duo, and string quartet with horn. These small groups have included the American Wind Symphony Orchestra and Jabberwocky woodwind quintets, The Academy and Yale brass quintets, Les Six Woodwind Sextet, and miscellaneous chamber orchestras. She has also performed as a faculty member with the University of Kansas Faculty Brass Quintet, Drake Brass Quintet, and the Luther College Brass and Woodwind quintets.
Her teaching resume includes teaching horn privately as well as at the University of Kansas, Luther College, Drake University and Cornell College. Most recently she is the professor of horn at Portland State University as well as a freelance performer.