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. For her master’s thesis, she researched the life and musical concepts of her teacher and mentor and Nashville Country legend, Buddy Spicher. She has performed at the Bridgestone Arena, the Grand Ole Opry, and the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. She recently performed with Rod Stewart for his Nashville appearance during his 2012 summer tour. Her Television appearances include: the 2010 Dove Awards with Natalie Grant, the 2010 CMA Country Christmas with Martina McBride, Darius Rucker, Kelly Pickler and LeAnn Rimes, the 2011 CMA Country Christmas with Vince Gill, Amy Grant, and Brad Paisley, and the 2011 CMA Awards with Rascal Flatts. She has and is currently performing locally with bands and artists such as Rodeo Pony, The Blair Band, Lindsay George, Sarah Williams, Lauren Homburg, Sharif Iman, and the Cumberland Tenderfoots. She has recorded at Historic RCA Studio B, Ocean Way Studios, The Castle in Franklin, and The Tracking Room. She recorded on the trailer for the film Billy: The Early Years, and on the soundtrack of the independent film Make Out with Violence. In 2011, she was the composer for a short film, The Piano Man during the Student Scoring Initiative which was led by the Nashville Composers Association. She arranged the string parts on the song “She Goes By Lonely” from Adam Illami’s newest record The Truth. Melanie Joy teaches in her private violin studio. She was director of the Academy Orchestra and is now the Chamber Ensemble Coordinator within Nashville’s Music City Youth Orchestra (MCYO). She has taught and worked at the Annie Moses Fine Arts Academy, Christian Howes’ Creative Strings Workshop, the Chamber Music Connection in Ohio, and the Belmont University Strings Crossings Camp. Melanie Joy enjoys the art of composition and songwriting, and would love to share her original music. It can be heard on her facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/melaniejoymusic  

James Matchett