Melanie Galloway, DMA

Associate Professor, Vocal Studies

Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 3587
Fax: (626) 969-7419
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Melanie Galloway, DMA, currently serves as an Associate Professor of Music at APU She has sung opera and concert soloist roles and recitals both nationally and internationally. Her singing career has included performances of quintessential opera roles in the soprano repertoire, such as Mimi (La Bohème), 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. As an active recitalist, the soprano has performed in venues throughout the United States, Italy, and China.

Early career awards include the “Artist on the Rise” award in Belgium and the Médaille d’Honneur in the Concours Lyrique International de France. Professor Galloway has also won other awards and honors including being selected for the 2018-2019 NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) NYC Teacher-Mentor program, and a 2017 NATS Teacher Professional Development Grant supporting her teaching and singing opportunities in Italy. She has also been awarded a Creative Teaching Grant for “Opera Education and Community Outreach”, and went on to become the recipient of the Azusa District’s Excellence in Teaching Award for her innovative opera outreach programs to under-served communities.

In 2018, she was selected and continues to serve as a faculty Diversity Ambassador. Melanie’s passion for teaching, music, and her students’ success and well-being are the driving forces behind her success in training and mentoring young singers. Her voice students have placed in prominent competitions such as the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and gone on to renowned training programs and careers in opera and musical theater. She continues to be in high demand to give masterclasses and workshops, including at the Harrower Summer Opera Program, as well as serving as a Guest Artist in Residence for teaching and singing at the Orvieto Musica training program in Italy.

Her voice teachers have included Diana Soviero, Deborah Birnbaum, and Inci Bashar.


  • DMA, Vocal Performance, University of Illinois
  • MM, Vocal Performance, Indiana University
  • BM, 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