Melissa Morales is a clarinetist and educator originally from the Greater New Orleans area, currently pursuing her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Maryland under the tutelage of professor Robert DiLutis. She is the clarinetist for Potomac Winds, a chamber music collective based in the Washington D.C. metro area. They have been the artists in residence in Talbot County, curated a concert series with Robert Harper Books, and have performed with the Riverdale Chamber Music Society, National Music Festival - Resonance Chamber Series, and was invited to perform at Forum Cultural Guanajuato, in Leon City, Mexico.
Prior to her time in Maryland, Morales spent several years in Chicago, IL where she earned her Master of Music degree at DePaul University under the instruction of renowned clarinetists Stephen Williamson, Larry Combs, and Julie DeRoche--all of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, Melissa worked with several organizations including The People's Music School as clarinet and music theory faculty as well as a project manager where she worked closely with Artistic Director and President Jennifer Matsuzawa, DePaul University where she served as an adjunct music education professor, and Chicago Symphonic Winds where she still works as the Director of Education. She was a regular member of the Chicago Summer Opera for their 2014-2016 seasons, and performed with the Lake Effect Clarinet Quartet. In 2014 she was a winner of the 2014 Monroe Symphony League’s Marjorie Stricklin Emerging Artist Competition, and was a featured artist in the Trinity Presbyterian Young Artist Performance Series in New Orleans, LA.