Melissa Byerly has served as accompanist for various choirs, singers, and instrumentalists in New York City and throughout the Northeast for the past twenty years. A performer with a passion for accompanying and collaborative playing, she has sat as pianist in the studio of Metropolitan Opera tenor, Francisco Casanova, and has served as pianist in each church she has attended since age twelve.
Melissa is a graduate of Grove City College, where she studied piano performance under Dr. Beverly Carter and accompanied the College’s Touring Choir. At Brevard Music Center Summer Institute and Festival, she studied under Dr. Craig Nies of the Blair School of Music, Vanderbilt University. She has also pursued private studies in saxophone, flute, trumpet, and percussion.
Melissa and her family have recently returned home to Western Pennsylvania after a decade in the NY Metro area, where she developed a great love of teaching and had an established private studio. Her husband Dan, a tenor, now serves as organist and music director at Saxonburg Memorial Presbyterian Church. Melissa is currently focused on her teaching studio, as well as passing on the love and knowledge of music to her three small children.