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Melissa Krause is a professor at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota, where she has taught applied flute and a variety of theory and composition courses since 1996. She holds degrees in theory and composition from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, and Florida State University, and received additional composition coaching at the Czech American Summer Music Institute (CASMI).
Dr. Krause is an award-winning composer of chamber, orchestral, and wind band music that has been performed throughout the United States and parts of Europe. Her music has been described as “unique, challenging, and enjoyable to listen to” (Central MN Arts Board) and audiences have responded to its sensual lyricism and rhythmic drive.
Dr. Krause has been commissioned by several ensembles, including the UW-Eau Claire Wind Ensemble, the Hopkins Westwind Concert Band, Trio Lorca, and the NorthWind Trio. Her works have been performed in such esteemed venues as the Dvorak Museum (Czech Republic), the Florida State University Festival of New Music, and the International Double Reed Society.
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Dr. Krause is an active flutist, performing frequently as soloist and chamber musician, most notably with Trio Lorca, an ensemble dedicated to arranging and performing works for soprano, flute and percussion. She has played piccolo with the St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra and was a member of the National Flute Association Professional Flute Choir in 2007.
Dr. Krause has also presented at numerous conferences on the pedagogy of theory and musicianship. She is currently co-authoring a workbook and teacher’s manual for the Musicianship courses at St. Cloud State University.