Director, Almost Heaven Chorus
Melinda Morris is a native of Morgantown West Virginia and music education graduate from WVU where she had a four-year violin scholarship. She was born in to a musical family with father as a public school band director and church choir and band director her mother was a piano teacher. She began private lessons at the age of 6 and plays 15 instruments.
She has been a teacher for 33 years. She began her teaching career while in college first with private students in her home at age 20. During her senior year, she was hired by the Preparatory Department at WVU as a private violin instructor.
She has been an orchestra band General music classroom teacher in Maryland and West Virginia. She was also an All-State Orchestra judge while working in Calvert County Maryland.
She has always been involved in choral music beginning as a child through church choirs and public school choirs. In 2000, she began directing Church choirs in the Marietta and Beverly Ohio, and Dunbar and Nitro West Virginia.
In 2003, she moved to Charleston West Virginia and begin teaching private lessons at the Pied Piper music store where she teaches 9 instruments. In 2003 she became the chancel choir director and music coordinator at st. Paul's United Methodist Church in Nitro West Virginia.
She works full-time at the Arc of the Three Rivers which is a nonprofit organization for adults with disabilities. She is the community integration coordinator developing classroom curriculum and instructing and scheduling pre-vocational classes, organizing and spearheading fundraising, and creates partnerships with local businesses so clients can be placed in volunteer and part time work.
Melinda is also gifted in poetry with nearly 300 poems and songs written. She is also an interior decorator, and an artist. She was a concert Master of the Marietta chamber orchestra, the Evergreen Community Orchestra, Evergreen String orchestra, as well as assistant conductor. She was also the manager and violinist in the string Trio Tre corde. She was the founder and conductor of the young Evergreen Strings Institute Orchestra. She was a concertmaster and co-founder of the River City Symphony formerly in Marietta Ohio and Parkersburg West Virginia area.
In 2016 she was the head designer and painter for the United Methodist women representing all of West Virginia and parts of Maryland. She helped paint and Design a kite about West Virginia symbols of Flora and Fauna. She was also the activity director at Quarry Manor (now known as Kanawha Place) and had developed a partnership with the volunteers.
Melinda knows that music is the Fountain of Youth in the core to life as she's so clearly observed working with Alzheimer's and Dementia clients. She feels that everyone should enjoy music in multiple ways to live a full fun and healthy life.