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

Oak Ridge Civic Music Association

The Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra presented a concert of "movie music" this past weekend (Saturday, April 12th). Conductor, Dan Allcott, talked with Melony Dodson about the program, the challenges that come along with performing film music, and also about the dramatic impact of such music.  Several other topics are discussed as well...

Knoxville Opera

The Knoxville Opera is one of only two companies producing Bellini's opera, "Norma," this year.  (The other company being the Metropolitan Opera in NYC).  A few days ago, Melony Dodson talked with stage director, Elizabeth Bachmann, about this beautiful, but rarely performed work.  Its challenges, rewards, beautiful floating melodies, and strong characters are all topics that are discussed in this conversation.  "Norma" is a rare gem and one that you probably won't want to miss.

Jeffrey Herman

The New York Times has recently called Steve Reich, "our greatest living composer" and The Guardian (London) has stated that: "There's just a handful of living composers who can legitimately claim to have altered the direction of musical history...and Steve Reich is one of them."

In 1990, he received a Grammy award for best Contemporary composition and in 2009, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in music for his composition "Double Sextet." 

The Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra and Chorus presented a concert on March 22nd, featuring emotionally powerful music of Shostakovich, Verdi, and Henryk Gorecki.  Conductor Dan Allcott talked with Melony Dodson about these historically significant works, giving fascinating background information about why and how they were composed, as well as a few personal anecdotes on the way...

On March 20th and 21st, the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra performed all six of Bach's Brandenburg Concerti, along with Leopold Stokowski's transcriptions of Bach's Toccata in D minor and the Chaconne in D minor (from the Violin Partita No.2).  Melony Dodson talked with the conductor of these concerts, James Fellenbaum, about how each of the concertos are different, why Bach composed them, and also about some of the featured soloists in the KSO's performance.

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