Melanie Stephenson is an accomplished, classically trained soprano available for solo engagements, weddings and private functions.
Based in Hampshire, she performs along the South Coast and throughout the South of England.
Melanie teaches from her studio in Cosham.
Melanie Stephenson was awarded a Dayas bursary to study singing with Mollie Petrie, as a junior exhibitioner at the Guildhall School of Music. She continued her studies at the Royal College of Music, where her teachers included Marion Studholme and Lyndon Van der Pump. Melanie performed at the Royal Gala for the opening of the Britten Theatre and was awarded the Colles Prize. Since leaving college, Melanie has studied with Margaret Humphrey-Clark, participated in a masterclass with Sylvia Sass and is currently studying with Pippa Dames-Longworth.
Melanie performs regularly as an oratorio soloist. Her repertoire list can be found here. Melanie has performed in London and throughout the South of England, and has worked with inspirational conductors including Michael Tilson Thomas, Richard Hickox, Jonathan Willcocks, and Murray Stewart.
Melanie is in demand as a recitalist. She is a captivating performer, whose repertoire includes Lieder, Italian aria and English song.
Melanie sings with Pippa Dames-Longworth's Singing Salon, where she has worked with repetiteurs Lesley-Anne Sammans and Howard Beach. She has performed scenes from Purcell's The Fairy Queen and Die Fledermaus, by Strauss.
Melanie has extensive teaching experience and teaches privately from her home in Hampshire.
Melanie is an experienced teacher who teaches from her home studio in Portsmouth. She works with both adult singers and younger voices, teaching classical singing and musical theatre. Melanie prepares students for ABRSM examinations and conservatoire/university auditions. Her previous school experience, working in secondary schools and with the Hampshire Music Service, enables her to effectively prepare students for GCSE performances and A Level recitals. Melanie is also delighted to prepare singers for auditions for choral societies and for family performances, such as birthday celebrations or open mic evenings.
Melanie matches her teaching to the needs of her students and has a wealth of experience to draw upon. Her vision is for all students to discover their true voices through enjoyment of singing and mastery of sound technique. She encourages her students to develop a love of singing and of vocal music, which gives a lifetime of enjoyment.
With her youngest students of singing and piano, Melanie introduces songs and games drawing on the Kodaly method to encourage happy participation. She offers coaching for GCSE, theory lessons, harmony support for university students and a varied music curriculum for home educated students of all ages.
Melanie is a member of the Association of Teachers of Singing (AOTOS) and the Incorporated Society of Musicians. Her training has included the highly regarded AOTOS Advanced Professional Development Course for singing teachers and she remains updated on pedagogical developments through regular attendance at conferences and seminars.