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Melissa Yanchak

Melissa Yanchak

  • She/Her
  • Biography

    Melissa is currently serving as a faculty music director for the Musical Theatre Program at Penn State University’s School of Theatre. Previously, she served Wright State University as a staff music director and faculty vocal coach in the Department of Theatre, Dance, & Motion Pictures, and prior to that worked as music director/conductor/keyboardist for Work Light Productions (NY/NJ), Tuacahn Center for the Arts (Ivins, UT), West Virginia Public Theatre, 1812 Productions (Philadelphia, PA), Summer Stock Austin (TX), Cockroach Theatre (Las Vegas, NV), Florida Studio Theatre (Sarasota, FL), The Human Race Theatre (Dayton, OH), Interlochen Center for the Arts (Interlochen, MI), Feld Entertainment (Palmetto, FL), and in her hometown for Pittsburgh CLO, Pittsburgh Musical Theater, Front Porch Productions, Keystone State Music Theater, and Point Park University. Melissa has also served on staff for the Pittsburgh CLO Gene Kelly awards and can be seen on the PBS special about the Jimmy Awards, "Broadway or Bust," as a member of the creative staff. Regional: Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Cats, Disney's Mary Poppins, Starlight Express (regional premiere), Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Wizard of Oz, Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Godspell, Nunsense, The Marvelous Wonderettes, Mr. Burns, Lizzie. National Tours: R&H’s Cinderella, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Ringling Bros Circus (Blue Unit, “Legends” & “Out of This World”).

    Professional Experience

    • Regional
    • Concerts/Cabaret
    • Education
    • Tours

    Regions

    • NYC/Tri-State Area
    • Chicago/Midwest

    Interested in touring?

    • Yes

    Maestra Expertise

    • Music Director/Conductor (Pianist)
    • Music Director/Conductor (Not Pianist)
    • Vocal Director and/or Choral Prep
    • Music Assistant
    • Incidental Music Composer/Arranger
    • Pit Musician (Keyboards)
    • Pit Musician (Other)
    • Music Contractor/Coordinator
    • Audition Pianist
    • Class/Voice Lesson/Rehearsal Pianist
    • Rehearsal Pianist
    • Voice Teacher (Private Studio)
    • Voice Teacher (Educational Institution)

    My Primary Instrument

    • Piano/Voice

    My Instruments

    • Flute
    • French Horn
    • Piano
    • Voice

    Software

    • Finale
    • GarageBand
    • MainStage
    • QLab

    Additional Skills

    • Actor-Musician
    • Home Studio Whiz

    Affiliations

    • THE AMERICAN FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS (AFM)

    Current HS, College, or Grad Student?

    • Yes