Melanie Galloway, DMA

Associate Professor, Vocal Studies

Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 3587
Fax: (626) 969-7419
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Melanie Galloway currently serves as an Associate Professor of Music at APU, where her teaching responsibilities have included applied lessons, weekly masterclasses, diction, song literature, performance techniques, beginning voice classes, and opera and music theatre workshop courses, including auditions seminars. She also previously served as the opera program’s artistic director and stage director, for which she produced fifteen fully-staged performances in the standard repertoire and implemented an award-winning opera outreach program.

Melanie’s passion for teaching, for music, and for her students’ success and well-being are the driving forces behind her success in training and mentoring young singers. Her voice students have been accepted into renowned training programs including Houston Grand Opera YAVA, Pittsburgh Summerfest, Sugar Creek Opera, Aspen Opera Center, Music Academy of the West, and SongFest; leading graduate schools including Manhattan School of Music, NYU, Boston University, Bard Conservatory of Music, Eastman, and San Francisco Conservatory; and placed in prominent competitions including the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, James Toland Competition, and Llangollen International Voice of the Future Competition. She is also honored to have students who have continued on to pursue cross-over and music theatre careers through Regional and National Broadway Tours including HAMILTON, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, and RAGTIME.

Melanie continues to be in high demand to give masterclasses and workshops across the country, including at Classical Singer Magazine’s National Convention, and the Emerging Artist Professional Panel Auditions (California), the Harrower Summer Opera Program (Georgia), and the LA County High School for the Arts (LACHSA) Opera Program.

While teaching is the pillar of her work, Melanie also continues to express her love of art song, oratorio, and opera through innovative recitals and performances in Europe, China, and the United States, most recently with the Southern California Chamber Music Festival and as a Guest Artist in Residence teaching and singing for the Orvieto Musica program in Italy.

Her prolific singing career has included performances of quintessential opera roles in the soprano repertoire, such as Mimi (La Bohème), Marguerite (Faust), Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), and Micaëla (Carmen). She has also thrived in the modern repertoire, notably performing in the US premiere of Judith Weir’s The Vanishing Bridegroom with Opera Theatre of St Louis. Early career awards also include being awarded the National “Artist on the Rise” award in Belgium, and the Médaille d’Honneur in the Concours Lyrique International de France. Performing internationally has given Melanie a greater understanding and deeper appreciation for people and cultures different from her own.

A champion for the development of young singers, Melanie provides a welcoming, encouraging and uplifting atmosphere while challenging students to achieve a high standard of excellence as young artists. In the classroom, voice lessons and masterclass environments, she offers an engaging and inclusive approach as students are encouraged to use a growth-based mindset to develop and reach toward their highest potential. By meeting students at their current level and celebrating their individual uniqueness as well as their collective commonalities, she is able to help students quickly gain confidence and master excellence in their own unique artistry and the performance skills needed for a successful performing career.


  • DMA, Vocal Performance, University of Illinois
  • M.M., Vocal Performance, Indiana University
  • B.M., Music Theater, Shenandoah Conservatory of Music

Academic Area

  • School of Music (College of the Arts)


  • Classical Singing
  • Opera
  • Opera Production

Courses Taught

  • MUS 111-411 Applied Voice
  • MUS 224 Diction for Singers I
  • MUS 348 Song Literature Survey
  • MUS 484 The Total Performer
  • MUS 486 Opera Workshop (Lead Roles and Minor Roles)
  • GE 100 First-Year Seminar for Music Majors

Office Hours

By appointment