Local composer selected as NH Music Teachers Association ‘commissioned composer’

MANCHESTER – Manchester composer and Manchester Community Music School faculty member Romeo Melloni has been selected by the New Hampshire Music Teachers Association as New Hampshire’s Commissioned Composer.

Each year the Music Teachers National Association offers all 51-state affiliates the opportunity to commission new works from selected composers within their state through the Commission Composer Program. This program works to perpetuate the art of new American music and provides each state the opportunity to highlight live performances of new music.

Melloni has been working on his composition entitled “Clarinet Sonata” for the past year. Its premier performance will take place Oct. 14 at the 2017 NHMTA’s Quad State Convention in Concord. Pianist Elizabeth Blood and clarinetist Stephanie Ratte-Jenkins will perform the piece. The association will then submit the composition and composer in its Distinguished Composer of the Year’s selection process, where a panel will choose one composition and composer to honor as its Distinguished Composer of the Year.

Melloni began his training at Milan University, where he studied musicology with Francesco Degrada. He received his bachelor of music from Berklee College of Music and his master of music and honorary graduate diploma in composition from New England Conservatory. His compositions have been performed worldwide by numerous groups including: The New Hampshire Music Festival, The Slovak Radio Orchestra, The Silesian Philharmonic, The Moravian Philharmonic and the Cambridge Symphony.

In addition to composing, Melloni teaches piano, music theory and composition at the Manchester Community Music School. The music school will feature Melloni’s original composition at its Feb. 21, 2018 Music’s on the Menu performance at Grace Episcopal Church in Manchester.

The Manchester Community Music School is dedicated to providing high-quality music education and performance opportunities for students of all ages and abilities. For more information about the Music School visit www.mcmusicschool.org or call 644-4548.

– Submitted by Manchester Community Music School