BMus (U Windsor), Art. Dipl. and M.M. (Western U.)
Melissa Goodchild joins the VCM’s Conservatory School of Classical Music, Winds & Brass Faculty (Nov 2019), after recently moving to Victoria and having the pleasure of performing with groups such as the Naden band as well as solo and chamber music. She enjoys teaching students of all ages in private as well as group settings including chamber music, clinics for schools, and adjudicating for music festivals across Canada.
After receiving her Bachelors of Music from the University of Windsor, Melissa Goodchild studied at the University of Western Ontario (now Western University) where she earned her Artist Diploma in Clarinet Performance and Master of Music in Performance and Literature. While in London, in addition to University ensembles, she performed in the Stratford Civic Orchestra and various other chamber music ensembles. After completing her studies in London, Ontario in 2008 she moved to Edmonton, Alberta where she taught at the Alberta College Conservatory of Music. In addition to teaching she performed in and around the city.
In 2012 she moved to Saskatoon Saskatchewan where she held the position of Second Clarinet with the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra. With percussionist Kevin Grady, Melissa performs repertoire including contemporary works with a special interest in, but not limited to, Canadian compositions. The goal of the duo is to bring compositions and performance through concerts and education to communities across Canada. They have performed in several venues in Saskatoon and were artists-in-residence for the Prairie Wind & Silver Sage museum in Val Marie, Saskatchewan in 2016 and at the Banff Centre for the Arts in 2018. In July 2018 the Duo performed at ClarinetFest in Ostend, Belgium. In Saskatoon she has performed in the Strata New Music Festival, been a featured soloist with the Saskatoon Serenade, the Saskatoon Concert Band, and the clarinet choir Reedy, Set, Go!