Melanie Schattschneider Keller, originally from Baltimore, MD, is Principal Flutist & Personnel Manager of the Vallejo Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Napa Valley and Opera Idaho Orchestra. She also performs "The Nutcracker" every December with the Santa Cruz Ballet Theater Orchestra and performs regularly with the Boise Philharmonic. She has performed as Principal Flutist with the Berkeley, Santa Cruz, Stockton and Solano Symphonies, the Benicia Ballet Orchestra, Symphony of the Redwoods, the Millennial Choirs & Orchestra and the Berkeley Community Chorus & Orchestra. In addition, Mrs. Keller has enjoyed performing with the Santa Rosa, Monterey, Fremont, Merced and Marin Symphonies, among other orchestras.
Mrs. Keller has spent recent summers performing at the Sun Valley Music Festival, McCall Summerfest Orchestra, Festival Napa Valley, Mendocino Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Texas Music Festival and the Las Vegas Music Festival. From 1999-2002, Mrs. Keller enjoyed performing in some of the world’s greatest concert halls such as the Berlin Philharmonie, Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Hall and New York’s Avery Fisher Hall with the American Russian Young Artists Orchestra (conducted by Leon Botstein) and the Jeunesses Musicales World Orchestra (conducted by Kurt Masur, Yoav Talmi and Carlos Kalmar).
Mrs. Keller has been a featured soloist with the Vallejo Symphony Orchestra and the St. Peter’s Chamber Orchestra. She was a founding member of The Avenue Winds, a Bay-Area based woodwind quintet that maintains a special interest in performing works by living Bay Area composers (www.avenuewinds.com). In 2019, she co-founded Tree City Chamber Players, an active flute, oboe & piano trio that performs regularly throughout Idaho.
A frequent prizewinner at national flute competitions, she won 1st Place in the 2005 Mid-Atlantic Flute Fair Young Artist Competition and has been a prizewinner in several other national competitions, including the 2006 Madison Flute Festival Young Artist Competition, the 2005 Flute Society of Kentucky Young Artist Competition, the 2003 Flute Festival Mid-South Young Artist Competition and the 2003 Orchestral Audition Masterclass Competition at the Las Vegas NFA Convention. Mrs. Keller has performed at several NFA Conventions as both a Flute Masterclass Performer and a Convention Performer. She has also been honored to have been selected as a three-time semifinalist in the San Diego Flute Guild Artist Gold Competition.
She received her M.M. degree in the studio of Timothy Day at the San Francisco Conservatory and her B.M. degree in the studio of Mark Sparks at the Peabody Institute. Former teachers also include Laurie Sokoloff, Sara Nichols and Gail Cameron. While a student at Peabody, Mrs. Keller also studied traverso with Colin St. Martin (now at Indiana University).
Her discography includes the soundtrack to Ballet Russes (Intrada Label), Fleeting Visions: Collaboration II (Beauport Classical) and Conversations: Keyboard and Chamber Music by John Bilotta and David Gaines (Navano Records.)
A passionate educator, Mrs. Keller serves as Adjunct Flute Faculty at the College of Idaho and is the flute instructor at the Dunkley School of Music. She has also taught flute lessons at Boise State University. Previously, she enjoyed teaching flute at several schools in the Bay Area including Bridgepoint Music (Menlo Park, CA), and the Myriad Music School (San Mateo. CA). Mrs. Keller has also enjoyed working with young musicians as a coach for the Boise Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, the Peninsula Youth Orchestra (CA) and at the Sun Valley Music Festival Summer Music Institute. Her flute students have enjoyed performing with the All-Northwest Band, Idaho All-State Band, Boise Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, BSU Honor Flute Choir and other honor bands. They have won prizes in national competitions, the Meridian Symphony Young Artist Competition, Solo & Ensemble Festivals and the Boise Philharmonic Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition.
When not playing her flute, Mrs. Keller loves spending time with her husband Blaise and her teenage sons, Owen & Jacob.