Melissa Davis graduated from the University of Massachusetts having studied flute performance with Alex Ogle at Amherst College, improvisation with Yusef Lateef, and ethnomusicology with David Reck. While performing primarily classical music, Melissa also enjoyed studying anthropology and had the opportunity to study music in Bali. She performed with the Boston Village Gamelan, played at weddings, and taught privately for many years. She is returning to music after working in financial services and raising a family in Marblehead. She believes strongly in helping students develop their musical self while refining technique and knowledge of music theory and history.
Melissa was fortunate to have grown up near the Groton Center for the arts, the Groton School, and Lawrence Academy, all of which provided ample opportunities to participate in small ensembles, musicals, and student concerts. During high school Melissa placed first in her league, district, and state competitions, playing principal flute in All-State. As part of the New England Youth Ensemble, she toured throughout the United States, Hawaii, Australia & New Zealand. She was awarded a music talent scholarship to attend UMass, Amherst.