Melinda Faylor, piano
Melinda Faylor, a native of Queens, New York, began piano at the age of four at the School for Strings in NY. She received her BM from the Oberlin Conservatory in the studio of Robert Shannon, where she was the recipient of the Dean's Talent Award. She received her MM in piano performance at the Manhattan School of Music, with help from a Masonic scholarship, in the studio of Dr Arkady Aronov. Ms Faylor has experience as an accompanist, chamber musician, orchestral pianist and solo pianist. She has also studied with John Nauman and Elyane Laussade. Summer festivals include the Mannes College of Music IFCP and IKIF Festivals, as well as the Orford, Las Vegas, Tibor Vargas, and Ecole Normale de Musique festivals. She has worked extensively with electronic music and has performed with electronics as part of the SEAMUS and OCEAN festivals, the NYC International Fringe Festival, the University of North Carolina in Greensboro, Hofstra University, the Great Hall at Cooper Union, and at the University of Akron in Ohio. Her passion for contemporary music led her to join Oberlin's CME (2000-2001) and the New York based TACTUS and Delancey ensembles (2003-2006) as well.
As a composer, Melinda's song cycle Jouyssance Vous Donneray was premiered at the international Luce Irigaray conference at Hofstra University by gifted soprano Tiffany Dumouchelle. From 2007-2009 Melinda was a founding member of Dames en Feu, a multimedia electronic cabaret/fire dancing ensemble for whom she also composed electronic and instrumental music.
In 2009-2010 she travelled throughout Australia and South East Asia, studying Gamelan in Bali, performing with violinist Michelle Cassumbhoy at St. John's Southgate in Melbourne, and performing solo piano on 3MBS Classical Radio in Melbourne. She also organized a fire dancing cabaret in Sydney, played a production of RENT the musical and earned her scuba diving certification. Melinda is also a member of Cultures in Harmony, a NY based NPO that brings classical music to developing countries and encourages cultural dialogue across boundaries through the use of music. With CIH she travelled to the Philippines in 2009 where she gave master classes, taught private lessons, helped organize a production at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, gave an interview on the 98.7 DZFE classical radio station and performed chamber and solo music.
In 2010-2011 Melinda has subbed with the Lunatics at Large and Mimesis Ensembles, and has performed on composition concerts at Queens College and NYU. She is currently freelancing, teaching privately, collaborating with modern dancer Loren Groenendaal, is pianist and organist at the Lutheran Church of Our Savior in Mineola, LI, and is the director of the Arete Ensemble, a contemporary chamber music group (2006-present).