Melody Richardson’s goal as Education Director for the Georgia Symphony Orchestra is to organize and develop solid infrastructure for the GYSO ensembles and educational outreach programs. She believes strongly in providing a challenging and meaningful musical experience that sparks curiosity, improves musicianship, and fosters a lifelong love of the arts.
Melody began her musical-life as a cellist but became most passionate about early education and classical voice. Melody studied at both Kennesaw & Georgia State Universities’ Schools of Music to earn her Bachelor of Music in Music Education. Her vocal pedagogy includes coaching in the private studio of Dr. Oral Moses, singing with the KSU Chamber Singers and performing with the KSU Opera Theater. In 2008, Melody had the privilege of studying Opera History abroad with the GSO’s Concert Master, Dr. Edward Eanes. Melody also holds specialized certifications in the Orff and Weikart methodologies, which focus on the inherent correlation of music, movement and culture.
As an educator, Melody is certified and has taught a total of 6 years in both Cobb County, GA & Greenville County, SC. During her time teaching in public schools, Melody built multiple music programs from the ground up. Through this experience, she learned that it takes incredible educators to balance delivering curriculum with raising funds, program management, rehearsals, and performances. Because of this, she is now determined to support music educators across the state of GA.
To challenge herself, Melody maintains an active membership with the GMEA and has enjoyed performing with the Georgia Symphony Orchestra Chorus since her inaugural experience in 2007.