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

What is American classical music? The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra answers this question by presenting a concert with incredibly diverse works, but all by American composers. Indeed, this program is representative of the melting pot that is America.

The University of Tennessee Opera Theatre is presenting an opera that is rarely performed today, Claudio Monteverdi's Ulysses, which is based on Homer's Odyssey. Performances are Friday, November 11th at 8pm and Sunday, November 13th at both 2:30 and 8pm. All performances will be held in the Carousel Theatre, located on the UT campus, next to the Clarence Brown Theatre.

Looking for a night of hopeful, energetic, and uplifting music? Knoxville's newest orchestra, the Scruffy City Orchestra, presents a Veterans' Day concert this Friday night at 7:30pm.  This community orchestra formed last Spring and Friday's program, directed by conductors Ace Edewards and Mathew Wilkinson, will be their second.  As would be expected of a Veterans' Day concert, patriotic works will be performed, including an Armed Forces Salute, The Star Spangled Banner, and Aaron Copland's A Lincoln Portrait.

The Oak Ridge Symphony and Chorus are presenting an all-Mozart concert this Saturday night at 7:30pm. The concert will be given at First United Methodist Church of Oak Ridge and features violinist Gabriel Lefkowitz as soloist in Mozart's Violin Concerto No.5.  Also performed on the concert is the Divertimento in F Major, K.138 and the Coronation Mass.

In this interview, music director Dan Allcott gives delightfully interesting background information about each piece and discusses the "youthful" Mozart. 

The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra will present a concert of Latin American music this Sunday afternoon at 2:30pm.  Resident conductor, James Fellanbaum, will lead the orchestra in a performance of music by Arturo Marquez, Aldemaro Romero, Aaron Copland, and Astor Piazzolla. As always, this Chamber Classics concert will be given at the Bijou Theatre in downtown Knoxville.

Learn more about the music, the composers, and the specific challenges of these pieces by listening to this interview.

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