Melanie Alvey, Academy Orchestra Director

Melanie Joy Alvey, a contemporary violinist, composer and teacher, expands her classical training into various American styles. Her influences took shape during her studies at Belmont University with classical violinist Elisabeth Small, electric violinist Tracy Silverman, country and western swing icon Buddy Spicher, and jazz violinist Billy Contreras. There, she completed her Undergraduate Degree and Masters Degree in Commercial Performance. She toured with Peter Mayer for the Stars and Promises Tour, performed live with Rod Stewart, and was the featured fiddle player for Mercy Me’s song “Greater” on the Dove Awards as well as in the official music video. She performed live on the CMA Awards and CMA Country Christmas for five years, and she appeared twice on ABC’s show Nashville. She has written arrangements for and performed with Nashville artists Dara Tucker, Lo Marie, and Susan Benjey. Five of her original compositions have been accepted by the Nashville Composer Collective and performed in their concert series. Melanie teaches violin lessons at her private studio and Concordia Arts Academy in Spring Hill. She taught previously at Western Kentucky University. Combining her love for chamber music, composition, and fusion of musical genres, she co-founded the contemporary new-music ensemble: Avila Soul. Recordings of the ensemble can be found at the website:

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