Orchestra

GUEST CONDUCTOR

Melissa Biroun

Holder of a Master’s degree in orchestral conducting, Melissa has completed her degree at the Schulich School of Music at the McGill University, where she studied with Alain Cazes.

Previously, she graduated from the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal in Classical piano with Louise Bessette as well as from Vanier College in Jazz piano with Eric Harding. Then, she pursued a bachelor’s degree in composition at the Université de Montréal where she studied with Ana Sokolovic and Alan Belkin. Recipient of a bursary, she has also won two residencies, as well as a composition for choir at the École des Jeunes de l’Université de Montréal. Her composition career allowed her to write many jazz and popular arrangements and collaborate with various ensembles and dance companies.

Internationally, in the context of an intership, she has had the opportunity to conduct symphonic orchestras including the Mihail Jora Philharmonic Orchestra (Romania) under the supervision of Ovidiu Balan as well as the Adelphi Symphony Orchestra (New York) with Donald Schleicher.

During the season 2017-2018, Melissa began her role as a music and artistic director of the Harmonie Calixa-Lavallée de Sorel. She had the opportunity to create various charitable projects such as the Centre d’Action Bénévole de Sorel, promotional concerts for the city of Sorel-Tracy, municipal contracts, festivals and concerts at the Salles Georges-Codling dans le Marché des Arts.

Concurrent to this position, Ms. Biroun made her first appearance leading the Thunder Bay Symphonic Orchestra on October 28th 2019, as the 2019-2020 appointed conductor in residence of the season. She has conducted over 30 concerts with the orchestra and chorus from schools concerts, family concerts, special events and classical masterworks. She has also had the opportunity to collaborate on different projects with different artists on several scenes of the region and received mentorship from Music Director Paul Haas.