Melanie DeMore

Melanie DeMore is a three-time Grammy nominated singer/composer, choral conductor, music director, and vocal activist who believes in the power of voices raised together. In her presentations, DeMore beautifully brings her participants together through her music and commentary. DeMore facilitates vocal and stick-pounding workshops for professional choirs and community groups, as well as directing numerous choral organizations across the US, Canada, and beyond. She is a featured presenter of SpeakOut! (The Institute for Social and Cultural Change); the Master Teaching Artist for Music at UC Berkeley/CalPerformances; works with everyone from Baptists to Buddhists; and was a founding member of the Grammy-nominated ensemble Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir. She is Music Director for Obeah Opera by Nicole Brooks and will be touring with the company to South Africa. She is a charter member of Threshold Choir founded by Kate Munger, a mentor to the Jerusalem Youth Chorus and conducts song circles with an emphasis on the voice as a vessel for healing. In her own words: “A song can hold you up when there seems to be no ground beneath you.”

Events with Melanie DeMore

1st Annual Ojai Songfest | Harmony, Joy, and Healing Through Song
April 19 - 21, 2024

1st Annual Ojai Songfest | Harmony, Joy, and Healing Through Song  With Maggie Wheeler and Friends Arnaé Batson Melanie DeMore Debbie Nargi-Brown Ahlay Blakely with Meredith Scott Lynn on drums When:  Friday, April 19 5:00pm–9:00pm   Saturday, April 20 8:30am–9:30pm  Sunday, April 21  8:30am–5:00pm Program Description Topa Institute is thrilled to host our inaugural Ojai Songfest this spring! Led by an incredible team of song leaders hailing from across the West Coast—including Los Angeles, Oakland, Santa Cruz, and Seattle—this three-day retreat is for experienced and beginner singers alike.  Over the last year Topa has presented several daylong song circles and received…