Artistic Certificate Flute Performance, Southern Methodist University
MMus Flute Performance, Boston University School of Music
BMus Flute Performance, Boston University School of Music
An active orchestral, chamber and solo freelancer in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area, flutist Melissa Lindon has performed at venues including The John F. Kennedy Center for the Arts, Strathmore Mansion, the Lyceum, Fairfax Old Town Hall, the Hillwood Museum, and Buckingham’s Choice. A wind quintet aficionado, she is founder and flutist of the Patagonia Winds and flutist with the Georgetown Quintet, and she also performs as co-principal flute and solo piccolo of Avanti Orchestra.
She was a featured soloist with the Meadows Wind Ensemble and the Texas Festival Orchestra, and a finalist in the prestigious Pappoutsakis Flute Competition in Boston. Committed to promoting the music of living composers, she spearheaded the Patagonia Winds commission and premiere of Alexandra Molnar-Suhajda’s Three Nature Walks (2015) for wind quintet. She gave the Maryland premiere of Dana Wilson’s trio Gold Mosaic for Flute, Oboe and Piano (2015) as part of the commission consortium for the work. As a member of the Meadows Wind Ensemble, she premiered Stephen Jones’ Passages in Manchester, England and is featured on the ensemble’s recording of that work on the CD Snow Tracks on the Gasparo label.
Passionate about teaching students of all ages, Ms. Lindon has served as Adjunct Faculty at Howard Community College and Flute Instructor for The Music Institute at HCC since 2003, and joined the music faculty at Washington Adventist University in 2017. She is co-director of Flute-a-rama, a summer flute camp in Takoma Park, Maryland and at Howard Community College, and has been featured as a clinician at the Mid-Atlantic Flute Convention.
Ms. Lindon completed her Artist Certificate in Flute Performance at Southern Methodist University, where she studied with Jean Larson and Deborah Baron (piccolo). She began her flute studies with her mother, Marlee Lindon, and studied with Emily Skala before attending Boston University. She received her Bachelor of Music (magna cum laude; Pi Kappa Lambda music honor society) and Master of Music degrees in Flute Performance from Boston University as a student of Doriot Anthony Dwyer and Marianne Gedigian.
Also a certified yoga teacher (E-RYT500), Ms. Lindon brings particular attention to breathing, posture and body awareness to her flute teaching. She has presented “Yoga for Musicians” workshops at colleges, conventions and summer workshops along the East coast, including Trevor Wye Flute Masterclasses at Boston University, Howard Community College, Mid-Atlantic Flute Convention and the Flute Society of Washington.