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Melissa K. Rose

Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
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’s a sought-after collaborative pianist whom critics describe as “powerfully musical” (Kansas City Star) and “an exceptional partner” (

Rose has performed for 25 years with the Summerfest Chamber Music Series in Kansas City. In Nashville she is a member of ALIAS Chamber Ensemble and has performed 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. Recent chamber music recordings feature two works by Paul Moravec: Tempest Fantasy with ALIAS (Delos), and a premiere of the Trio with Leslie Norton, horn, and Jared Hauser, oboe (forthcoming on Good Child Music).  

She received the M.M. in piano performance from the Yale School of Music and the D.M.A. in collaborative piano from the University of Michigan.  She is Professor of Piano and Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at the Blair School, where she teaches courses in collaborative piano and chamber music. 


Chamber Music Ensembles