Melissa Shiflett   

Composer -- Lyricist -- Performer 

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Melissa Shiflett’s career began as resident composer for the experimental Dream Theatre in Chicago.  She specializes in opera and art songs. Her operas have been produced in New York City by La MaMa E.T.C., The American Chamber Opera Company, New Dramatists, and The Construction Company; in Philadelphia by The Pennsylvania Opera Theater; in Minnesota by Nautilus Music-Theater; in Baltimore by The Peabody Chamber Opera; and in Chicago by Piccolo Productions.   Excerpts from her opera Dora, to a libretto by Nancy Fales Garrett, were presented on the first annual VOX Festival showcase of NYC Opera. Her operas, Dora, Without Colors and My Undying Love: An Amusement are listed in Operas in English, a dictionary by Margaret Ross Griffel, 2013, Scarecrow Press. Her opera Lisa’s Room: A Dream had its New York premiere in June, 2016 at the Riverside Theatre. (See video recording of Lisa’s Room on Image result for vimeo ). Her art songs have been performed at Weill Recital Hall, the 92nd Street Y, the DIA Center for the Arts, and by the William Ferris Chorale in Chicago. Her Songs on Sara Teasdale Poems and Water Dreams are available on Albany Records. Fantasy Songs are available at  CDBaby.

She premiered her song/story cycle The Rose Saga in 2015 at the Anthroposophy NYC Auditorium, singing the soprano role, with Elizabeth Rodgers at the piano. Most recently she presented her two song cycles with ancient Chinese texts, and Lullaby Duets for soprano, baritone, piano, clarinet and cello in concert with Maggie Finnegan, Bryan Elsesser and Elizabeth Rodgers as featured performers at the Anthroposophy Auditorium, in NYC, May 20th, 2017.

Ms. Shiflett has received grants from the Illinois Arts Council, the Margaret Fairbank Jory Copying Assistance Program of the American Music Center, Meet the Composer, and a Diverse Forms Artist Grant (funded by the NEA, Rockefeller Foundation and Jerome Foundation) to complete the orchestration of her opera Dora. She holds degrees in music composition and piano from the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago, IL. In addition to being a composer, performer and librettist, she is a music instructor at the 92nd St. Y and is a member of ASCAP.


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