ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
MM, Holy Names University (candidate)
BM, Westminster Choir College
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A native of San Angelo, Texas, Marco Antonio Melendez began his musical career as a member of the world renowned American Boychoir. While attending the American Boychoir School in Princeton, New Jersey, Mr. Melendez often performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center in New York City with renowned musical figures such as Dr. James Litton, Dr. Joseph Flummerfelt, Yo-Yo Ma, Andre Previn, Wynton Marsalis, and Kurt Masur. While on tour, he traveled to 31 states and Bermuda, Germany, and Canada.
 
As a conductor, educator, and sacred musician, Mr. Melendez has led choirs, taught seminars, and has been a guest artist for churches and music programs throughout the country. At only fifteen years of age, he was named the music director of the San Angelo Singing Boys of San Angelo, Texas. Two years later, he was named music director of St. Mark Presbyterian Church, San Angelo. He has founded several choral programs throughout the country as well as a Vocal Music Institute designed to provide young, dedicated singers an advanced level program in which they can progress in their efforts to becoming musical scholars. He has been music director of churches throughout Texas, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and California. As director of music ministries of First United Methodist Church in San Angelo, TX he led the Sanctuary Choir on a tour to New York City, performing in Carnegie Hall with world renowned composer/conductor John Rutter. Melendez also served as Adjunct Associate Professor of Music at the Peck School of the Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  
 
Now in his fifth season as Artistic Director of Milwaukee Children’s Choir, Mr. Melendez has prepared his choirs for performances with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Milwaukee Ballet, American Boychoir, and many others. He has also prepared choristers for performances with Maestros Edo de Waart, Andreas Delfs, Stuart Chafetz, and for collaborative performances with Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s THE FOUR TOPS and Grammy award winning legendary guitarist Carlos Santana.
 
With Milwaukee Children’s Choir, Melendez has toured throughout the nation, included performances in New York City’s Carnegie Hall, a performance with the Grammy award winning Pacific Boychoir, and performances in 14 states. He is also the founder of the Milwaukee Choral Conference, a program designed to provide conversations between school, religious, and community chorus leaders to explore solutions for promoting and preserving the choral arts of today, as well as future generations.
 
Mr. Melendez has served as the clinician of several choral festivals and honor choirs in Wisconsin, Virginia, Tennessee, and Florida. He has also led workshops at the State Convention of the Wisconsin Choral Directors Association and at the North Central Division of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) Convention. Recognized as a leader in the field of the adolescent male’s expanding voice, Melendez also serves as the Repertoire and Standards Chair for Boychoirs in the North Central Division of ACDA.  
 
Mr. Melendez received a bachelor of music in sacred music from Westminster Choir College of Rider University and is a candidate for the master of music in vocal pedagogy from Holy Names University.