Melissa Becker, Music Director and Conductor CPYO Chamber Orchestra

Melissa Becker is a professor at Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania, where her responsibilities include teaching music education courses, supervising student teachers, and teaching string lessons. She will complete her Ph.D. in Music and Human Learning from the University of Texas at Austin this year.

Melissa received her bachelor’s degree in violin performance and master’s degree in viola performance from the Pennsylvania State University, where she studied with James Lyon and Tim Deighton. She is the principal violist of the Williamsport Symphony and has performed as section violist and violinist with the Altoona Symphony, the Nittany Valley Symphony, Pennsylvania Centre Chamber Orchestra, the Penn’s Woods Festival Orchestra, and others. She was the violist for Serendipity String Quartet, the graduate string Quartet at the Pennsylvania State University, as well as for the Sphynx String Quartet, based in Williamsport.

In addition to her classical endeavors, Melissa is also an active fiddler, winning over one hundred fiddle contests in the Northeast, including the Pennsylvania State Championship. She has played with Black Bear Crossing, a Celtic band, and The Trey Stapleton Band, a country band. Melissa has also toured and recorded with country artists such as Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis.


Melissa spent four years teaching elementary and middle school orchestra in the PA public schools, specifically in the Williamsport Area and North Allegheny school districts. During her teaching career, she taught in both large- and small- group settings, as well as homogenous and heterogeneous contexts. She has taught fiddling and chamber music at string camps in Pennsylvania, Texas, and California, and presented research on imitation learning and fiddling and conducted clinics on fiddling and string teaching at state, national, and international conferences, including The National American String Teachers Conference, the International Conference for the Suzuki Association of the Americas, and the Texas Music Educators State Conference.


Melissa lives in Lock Haven with her husband and daughter. Melissa currently teaches and conducts the younger string group, our Chamber Orchestra.

Melissa Becker is a professor at Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania, where her responsibilities include teaching music education courses, supervising student teachers, and teaching string lessons. She will complete her Ph.D. in Music and Human Learning from the University of Texas at Austin this year.

Melissa received her bachelor’s degree in violin performance and master’s degree in viola performance from the Pennsylvania State University, where she studied with James Lyon and Tim Deighton. She is the principal violist of the Williamsport Symphony and has performed as section violist and violinist with the Altoona Symphony, the Nittany Valley Symphony, Pennsylvania Centre Chamber Orchestra, the Penn’s Woods Festival Orchestra, and others. She was the violist for Serendipity String Quartet, the graduate string Quartet at the Pennsylvania State University, as well as for the Sphynx String Quartet, based in Williamsport.

In addition to her classical endeavors, Melissa is also an active fiddler, winning over one hundred fiddle contests in the Northeast, including the Pennsylvania State Championship. She has played with Black Bear Crossing, a Celtic band, and The Trey Stapleton Band, a country band. Melissa has also toured and recorded with country artists such as Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis.


Melissa spent four years teaching elementary and middle school orchestra in the PA public schools, specifically in the Williamsport Area and North Allegheny school districts. During her teaching career, she taught in both large- and small- group settings, as well as homogenous and heterogeneous contexts. She has taught fiddling and chamber music at string camps in Pennsylvania, Texas, and California, and presented research on imitation learning and fiddling and conducted clinics on fiddling and string teaching at state, national, and international conferences, including The National American String Teachers Conference, the International Conference for the Suzuki Association of the Americas, and the Texas Music Educators State Conference.


Melissa lives in Lock Haven with her husband and daughter. Melissa currently teaches and conducts the younger string group, our Chamber Orchestra.

Time: 
Wednesday, August 7, 2013 - 12:00pm