Emory University Music Student of the Month

Amanda Melton, Class of 2018Amanda Melton, harp

Amanda Melton is a senior at Emory University, pursuing a degree in music performance for the harp. She is currently preparing her honors recital program for April 2018, including works by Bach, Haydn, Grandjany and Salzedo. Amanda recently was the runner-up in Emory's Annual Concerto and Aria Competition, performing Ravel's Introduction and Allegro. She was also the winnd of the concerto competition at Kennesaw State University in 2014, playing Handel's Harp Concerto in B flat.

This past summer, Amanda was a counselor at the Young Artist's Harp Seminar, where she worked with harpists from across the country, focusing on performance skills, ensemble participation, theory workshops and general musicianship. She also had the opportunity to work alongside renowned harpist Bridget Kibbey. In previous years, Amanda was a student at the Young Artist's Harp Seminar, and she won first place in both the Concerto and Orchestra Competitions. In addition to the harp, Amanda also performs regularly on the piano and violin. A fourth-generation piano teacher, she maintains her own private music studio on all three instruments. She not only enjoys teaching her students music, but also applying the skills she gained from the Young Artist's Harp Seminar by teaching performance techniques, music theory, and offering guidance for collaborating with other musicians.

Amanda is currently a member of Emory University's Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble. She also enjoys performing chamber music in small ensembles. Amanda has had many opportunities to work with incredible harpists all across the country, and currently studies with Elisabeth Remy Johnson, principal harpist of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Upon completion of her senior honor's project, Amanda plans to continue focusing on music, and possible pursue a Masters of Music in subsequent years.