Melony Dodson

Morning Concert Host/Producer

Melony calls the beautiful mountains of Boone, N.C., home, although she was born near Greensboro, N.C. There’s just something about those Blue Ridge Mountains that got in her blood and never left after she moved there to attend Appalachian State University (ASU). While at ASU, she majored in piano performance and music therapy and began to cultivate a love for accompanying and for collaborating with other musicians. This soon led her to earn a master’s degree in collaborative piano at the University of Tennessee, which she attended from 2006-2008.

While a graduate student, she worked at WUOT as a student announcer, hosting Saturday afternoons and evenings. Melony rapidly developed another passion: that of being a radio personality/host. Soon after graduating, she began hosting weekend mornings, including the Early Morning Concert, and produced the highly popular Top 60 for 60, a special series commemorating WUOT’s 60th anniversary. Two years later, she was honored to become the new host of the Morning Concert, of which she is currently the host and producer. Melony is also a choral accompanist for the UT School of Music’s Concert Choir and the Men’s Chorale. In her spare time, Melony loves to music-direct musicals. She is secretly (or perhaps not so secretly!) obsessed with the musicals of Stephen Sondheim and Jason Robert Brown. She also loves to travel, cook, hike and explore all of the cultural (and food!) attractions Knoxville has to offer.

Ways to Connect

The Knoxville Choral Society will have a new director for the 2018/2019 season. Dr. John Orr, who has served as conductor of the Knoxville Chamber Chorale and Assistant Director of the Choral Society for the past five years has recently been appointed Artistic Director, following Dr. Eric Thorson, who served as director for over twenty years.

Dr. Orr has extensive experience in leading community and church choirs, in addition to writing curriculum for children's choirs. He wrote his doctoral thesis about the effects of aging on the voice, particularly for amateur singers.

Pamela Ruiter-Feenstra is an organist who's passionate not only about making music, but also about advocating for marginalized populations while doing her part to ensure that music remains a vehicle for learning for children and adults. She does this through her own compositions, including her Muse project. Dr. Ruiter-Feenstra frequently creates programs that combine her compositions with scripture readings and hymn singing. These programs are holistic and non-denominational, and usually address a singular theme such as love, or gratitude.

On Thursday and Friday, May 10th and 11th, Marble City Opera will present Dominick Argento's one-act opera, Postcard from Morocco. Performances will be given at the Jackson Terminal, located in the "Old City" of downtown Knoxville. The opera takes place at a train station. There are seven characters in the opera, each attached to a specific item and each on his/her way to some unknown destination.

Knoxville Opera is presenting Verdi's grand and epic opera, Aida. Performances will be given at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium on Friday, May 4th at 7:30pm and Sunday, May 6th at 2:30. Featuring a cast of over two-hundred and an orchestra of over fifty , Aida has not been performed in Knoxville in eighteen years.

Soprano, Michelle Johnson sings the role of Aida and tenor, Dongwon Shin, the role of Radames. Together, they discuss the opera, their characters, Verdi's gorgeous music, and their prior experiences of singing these roles. 

World-renowned clarinetist, Richard Stoltzman, and his son, Peter John Stoltzman, who is an incredible pianist and arranger, are presenting a concert in Oak Ridge, this Saturday evening at 7:30pm at Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church. Richard is a two-time Grammy award winner, has more than forty recordings to his name, and has collaborated with Yo-Yo Ma, Richard Goode, and Emanuel Ax, to name just a few. Peter John has performed all over the world with jazz, funk, and fusion artists, and is currently head of the piano program at the University of Colorado, Denver.

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