Melissa K. Rose
Associate Dean, Collegiate Program
Associate Professor of Piano
Pianist Melissa Rose has a 30-year career partnering with instrumentalists and singers in concerts throughout the United States and at venues in Argentina, Malta, Santorini and Russia. She is a sought-after collaborative pianist whom critics describe as “powerfully musical” (Kansas City Star) and “an exceptional partner” (kcmetropolis.org).
Rose has performed for 23 years with the Summerfest Chamber Music Series in Kansas City. In Nashville she is a member of ALIAS Chamber Ensemble and performs frequently with the Nashville Ballet. She has recorded and edited arrangements for viola/piano of the Tonadillas by Granados (ViolaSound), one of which was included in the 2017 Grammy-nominated music film The Music of Strangers. Her chamber music recordings are on the Naxos, Centaur, Blue Griffin, Delos, Good Child Music, and Navona Records labels.
As a pianist keenly interested in performing contemporary music, Rose has participated in numerous premieres and residencies with leading American composers. In the early post-Soviet period, she brought contemporary American music to audiences in Moscow and Kazan, Tatarstan, performing solo recitals and collaborating with Russian musicians in chamber music. More recently, she recorded two works by Paul Moravec: Tempest Fantasy with ALIAS (Delos 2016) and a premiere of the Trio with Leslie Norton, horn, and Jared Hauser, oboe (forthcoming on Good Child Music).
She received the master’s degree in solo piano performance from the Yale School of Music and a D.M.A. in collaborative piano from the University of Michigan, where she studied with Martin Katz. She started her teaching career at Truman State University, and in 1996 joined the faculty at Blair, where she teaches courses in collaborative piano and chamber music and also serves as associate dean of the collegiate program.