Soprano Melissa Culloton is a native of Halden, Norway, and is a 1998 graduate of St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota, where she graduated cum laude with a double major in vocal performance and music education. Dr. Culloton holds advanced degrees from the University of Minnesota where she was a two-year fellowship recipient of the Torske Klubben Scholarship. Dr. Culloton performs currently with The Singers – Minnesota Choral Artists and The Beethoven Festival Chorus. Past performing ensembles include The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Chorale, The Dale Warland Singers, The Oratorio Society, The Norwegian Youth Choir, and The St. Olaf Choir.
Dr. Culloton is a longtime member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and was previously awarded the NATS Independent Teacher Award. She is Vice President of Vocal and Instrumental Programs for the Minnesota Music Teachers Association (MMTA). She has a private voice studio at Gethsemane Lutheran Church of Hopkins and also gives private voice lessons to students at Prior Lake High School. She is a section leader at The House Of Hope Presbyterian Church in St. Paul and is a student of Tony nominated Miss Melissa Hart as well as a student of Professor Jean del Santo, at the University of Minnesota.
Dr. Culloton recently completed 6 days of CCM Pedagogy Institute training at Shenandoah University in Virginia with Dr. Matthew Edwards, and other faculty members of the CCM Institute. She has also trained extensively with CCM specialist Lisa Popeil in Los Angeles, California. Dr. Culloton will return to the CCM Institute summer of 2019 to complete the concluding level of certification, as well as participate in an intensive 3 day Music Theater/Belt Camp with Edrie Means Weekly.