Travis Patton, Music Director

DOVE AWARD-NOMINATED orchestrator, violinist, arranger, and composer Travis Patton is a graduate of Belmont University and the founder of String Swept Music. Travis orchestrated the album "O Come Emmanuel: Carols of Christmas" which was nominated for a 2016 Dove Award in “Best Christmas Album of the Year”. Commissioned by Valley High School Orchestras, his first Electric Violin Concerto entitled Meadowview, was premiered in May, 2015.

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Melanie Alvey, Academy Orchestra Director

Melanie Joy Alvey, a contemporary violinist, composer, arranger, and teacher, found her passion for music at a very young age. She began her studies on the piano, but eventually found her calling on the violin. After many years of intensive classical training, Melanie Joy discovered her true passion for jazz and improvisation and moved to Nashville to pursue this passion. She has her undergraduate and masters from Belmont University in Commercial Violin Performance where she studied with Elisabeth Small, Tracy Silverman, Tammy Rogers, and Billy Contreras. 

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Tracy Silverman, Artist-in-Residence

Lauded by the BBC as “the greatest living exponent of the electric violin”, Tracy Silverman has redefined the instrument with his instantly recognizable trademark sound. His groundbreaking work with the six-string electric violin has forever transformed violin playing, much as Hendrix redefined the electric guitar. A Juilliard graduate, Tracy performed the premier of John Adams’ electric violin concerto ‘The Dharma at Big Sur’ at the gala opening of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Walt Disney Concert Hall. The piece was written for Silverman and he recorded it in 2004 for Nonesuch Records with John Adams conducting the BBC Symphony.

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Scott Revo, Executive Director

Scott Revo joins MCYO as Executive Director after a deep and rich career of 30 years in the music industry as a Music Publishing, Marketing, Events, and Project Management professional. With a career that started in choral music distribution, progressed into music publishing, and underscored with the planning and management of many music events, Scott’s journey has taken him to 37 countries and throughout the United States to play Trombone, sing with choirs, and produce concert events in the most prestigious halls and cathedrals around the world.

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Walter Bitner, Founder and Conductor Emeritus

Veteran music educator Walter Bitner brought a multi-faceted background as a teacher and performer to his role as founder of MCYO Concert Orchestra - Nashville's eclectic youth orchestra. A multi-instrumentalist and singer, he is also a master teacher, composer, and conductor conversant with a wide variety of musical styles and traditions. Walter is the Director of Education & Community Engagement at the Nashville Symphony.

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