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Melisa is a Canadian-born violinist, composer, and producer who began her musical training at the age of 4, studying classical violin at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, and was later a member of the Canadian Children’s Opera Chorus.
After earning a BFA from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada, she moved to New York City and began to perform, and write music with The Labyrinth Theater company, as well as writing and designing music, collaborating with theater directors, filmmakers and writers such as John Patrick Shanley, Brian Roff and Glenn Fitzgerald.
Now residing in Los Angeles, Melisa has been the primary studio assistant for Danny Elfman for over 7 years, assisting him on many diverse film scores from Alice in Wonderland to the current score: The Girl on the Train. Melisa also produces the annual Library Concert Series with Christopher Lennertz and Tim Wynn at Sonic Fuel Studios, which benefits Education in Music charities, with performances of original arrangements of artists work such as: Alan Silvestri, Aloe Blacc, Rolfe Kent, Deborah Lurie, Blake Neely, Jeff Beal, and many more.
Melisa’s short film Gajeta (2008) which she composed music for, was awarded a Silver Medal of Excellence at the 2008 Park City Music Festival for Best Use of Music in a short film.