Melissa Jean Chávez
Acclaimed by the Washington Post for her “voluptuous voice” and “cooly exemplary production,” Melissa Jean Chávez regularly performs throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Recent roles and performances include Adina (L’elisir d’amore), Mimi (La Boheme), Micaëla (Carmen), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Cendrillon (Cendrillon), and Cio-Cio San (Tragedy of Madama Butterfly). In addition to performing over thirty operatic roles, Ms. Chávez has sung for Supreme Court justices, the head of the International Monetary Fund, and performed as a soloist with the United States Army Chorus. She also appears regularly as a recitalist and soloist. Recent orchestral and recital engagements include Strauss’ Four Last Songs, Bachianas Brasileiras No.5, Knoxville: Summer of 1915, the Requiems of Fauré and Mozart, and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. Ms. Chávez is a semi-finalist for the American Prize for opera, a regional finalist for the NATS Artist Awards, a two-time winner of the Bach-Handel Competition, has placed in numerous NATS competitions, and received multiple grants for performance and study including the Marion Park Lewis Foundation grant. She is graduate of Shenandoah Conservatory and the Pennsylvania State University, and an alumna of the Castleton Festival, where she performed under the baton of the late Lorin Maazel. Melissa Jean Chávez is Director of Music at National United Methodist Church, where she leads several choral ensembles in worship and concert settings.