Melody M RichAssociate Professor of Voice College of Fine Arts
- Bachelor of Music, Voice Performance, University of Texas at San Antonio, 1988
- Master of Music, Applied Voice, University of Texas at Austin, 1994
- Doctor of Musical Arts, Applied Voice, University of Texas at Austin, 2003
Dr. Melody Rich joined the Hardin-Simmons University School of Music in 2008. Prior appointments include the University of Texas at San Antonio, the University of the Incarnate Word, and Judson High School. Her students’ accomplishments include success in the TMEA All-State Choir, the National Association of Teachers of Singing competitions, SETC, the Arts Talent Search of the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, YoungArts, the Schmidt Vocal Competition, and in various professional and academic programs. Alongside completing the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Texas, Dr. Rich received further training as a member of the Austin Lyric Opera Young Artist Program. She is active both on the stage and in academic settings, having performed with the Abilene Opera Association, Chorus Abilene, the Austin Lyric Opera, the San Antonio Symphony, the Laredo Philharmonic, the San Antonio Choral Society, the Texas Chamber Consort, the AIMS Orchestra in Graz, Austria, and with various university ensembles. Further, she has appeared in both CD and televised Contemporary Christian release concerts produced by Good for the Soul Music with David Kauffman. Her stage roles and solo credits include Don Giovanni, La Cenerentola, Gianni Schicchi, Trial by Jury, Fiddler on the Roof, Beauty and the Beast, The Music Man, Brahms Requiem, Rossini Stabat Mater, Mozart Requiem, Mass in C, Vespers, Poulenc Gloria, Handel Messiah, Haydn Creation, Mass in Time of War, Bruckner Mass in D, Raminsh Mass in C, and also numerous chamber collaborations. She has been a featured performer on the Artist Series of the Texoma Region NATS Conference, the Music at St. Marks Artist Series, and as a UTSA Distinguished Alumni Recital. Equally comfortable as a choral conductor, she has served as the interim director at First Central Presbyterian Church (Abilene), the associate minister of music at Christ Episcopal Church (San Antonio), and as the assistant conductor of the San Antonio Choral Society. While at UTSA, she was the conductor of the University Chorus (2005-08) and the UTSA Women’s Choir (Spring 2008). In 2017, Dr. Rich was named the UTSA Department of Music Outstanding Alumna. Her entry appears in numerous editions of Who’s Who: -among America’s Teachers, -of American Women, -in Fine Arts Higher Education, -in America, and -in the World. She is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (past president, auditions chair, and treasurer for both the South Texas Chapter and the Great Plains Chapter) and a patroness in the Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity.