Affiliate Artist in Flute
office: MSM 235
office phone: (713)743-3009
address: 120 School of Music Bldg, Houston, TX 77204-4017
Melissa Suhr, flutist, is a versatile musician serving as an orchestra member, a chamber musician and teacher. A graduate of The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University with a Master’s Degree, Ms. Suhr studied with Albert Tipton and spent five summers working with the great pedagogue Geoffrey Gilbert. She was the founding member/flutist of Cimarron Woodwind Quintet in Houston, which won first prize at the Monterey Peninsula Chamber Music Competition and was a finalist at both the Fischoff and Concert Artist Guilds competitions. The ensemble won artistic grants from such prestigious organizations as the national Endowment for the Arts. (NEA), the Texas Commission on the Arts, the Cultural Arts Council of Houston and served as Artists-in-Residence with Young Audiences of Houston, Houston Community College, and New Music America. Ms. Suhr has served as principal substitute with the Houston Ballet Orchestra for twenty-four seasons. As well, she performs as principal flute of the Masterworks Chorus Orchestra, second flute with the Houston Chamber Orchestra and piccolo and substitute flute with the Houston Grand Opera and Houston Symphony. During the summer Ms. Suhr performs with the Grand Teton Music Festival and the Sun Valley Summer Symphony. In addition to her active performing schedule, Melissa Suhr teaches private lessons and masterclasses for the Spring School district. Her flair for working with young developing flutists has given her an enthusiasm and drive that has urged her students to win consistently high scores at region, all-state and solo/ensemble contests.