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.

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Stage director, Keturah Stickann, said of Offenbach's The Tales of Hoffmann, that "it's the perfect marriage of the holiday of Halloween and opera."  The story not only includes several macabre elements, but opera-goers are sure to be treated to colorful (and perhaps grotesque?) costumes, fantastical characters, and of course, beautiful singing.  The Knoxville Opera is performing the opera, staring soprano, Talise Trevigne and tenor, Evan Bowers, Friday October 25th and 8pm and Sunday the 27th at 2:30.  Performances will be given at the Tennessee Theatre. 

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Last week, world-renowned double bassist and composer, Edgar Meyer, returned to his home-town of Oak Ridge, TN to give a very special recital, featuring one of his compositions still "in progress."  Also on the concert was a suite by Johann Sebastian Bach, and on the second half, "lighter" works, including fiddle tunes, and several of Meyer's own shorter compositions. 

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