Performing as a soloist as well as ensemble playing, Melissa Fager is noted for her musical sensitivity and passion with the versatile ability to play music ranging across numerous genres:
Hymns Gospels Classical Jazz Ragtime Pop (old and new) Golden Age tunes And more!
Along with her flexibility to play just about any style of music, Melissa also carries in her repertoire the ability to sight read and play by ear.
According to Melissa, music is a very powerful venue for people to get in touch with their emotions, helps awaken spiritual insights, and communicates ideas that are difficult to express in words. Music excites, calms encourages, inspires, instills hope, and transforms souls.
Melissa's past highlights include being a member of a jazz quartet. Performances included various venues across the Twin Cities area.
As an organist, keyboardist, and vocalist, Melissa has been serving for over 40 years at Thurston-Lindberg Funeral Home.
She has also played piano, organ, and sung in worship services in the Anoka County and surrounding areas and serves as a supply musician for churches. She enjoys working with seniors and regularly performs programs for seniors and memory care residents at Arbor Oaks in Andover and Walker in Anoka.
She currently teaches piano to 35+ students ranging in age from six to adult in the Anoka County area.
From the time Melissa was three years old, her parents noticed her plunking TV themes on her toy xylophone and flutophone and decided to pursue formal piano lessons when she was six. Developing as a teen, Melissa won first place at the Wurlitzer Organ Festival, first at the Yamaha Music/Organ Festival, third at a Rochester, MN piano competition and accompanied many theatre groups including the University of Minnesota.
Education and Experience
A Start in Teaching
At age 13, she was demonstrating organs for Wurlitzer Music Store, then served as a piano/organ instructor at 16, before moving to her home studio to teach when she was 18.
Her studies include six years with Steve Gentile at McPhail School of Music, former Minnesota Music Teachers Association president Dr. Gordon Howell at Bethel University, and Dr. Paul Freed at the University of Minnesota. She graduated with a BS in Music Education from the University of Minnesota. She also studied pedagogy with Dr. Howell.
Teaching and Performing
Currently residing in Cedar, Minnesota, she and her husband, Kevan have seven children. Melissa plans to continue playing for everyone's listening pleasure, performing at funerals and other occasions, as she loves sharing special moments in people's lives.
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