Melanie Buckner & Thomas Bandy – January 13, 2013

June 25, 2012 by  
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TBandyMBucknerMelanie Cross Buckner, a native of Montezuma, Georgia, holds a Masters degree in vocal performance and a Bachelor of Arts degree in music from Mercer University.  She is both an active singer and collaborative pianist.  Music has afforded Melanie the opportunity to perform around the globe.  England, Italy, Japan, and Honduras have been among her favorite destinations.  Beyond performing, she has a passion for teaching and maintains a private studio for voice and piano students.  In addition to her studio, she has been on the music faculty at Macon State College where she taught voice and currently works at Mercer University as a collaborative pianist and classroom instructor.  Melanie has been a member of Coro Vocati, an Atlanta based professional chamber choir as well as music director at various churches in the middle Georgia area.  Melanie is married to Josh Buckner, and they reside in Macon, Georgia.
Thomas Bandy is currently an opera and vocal coach at the Oberlin Conservatory. From 2008 until 2011 he was Assistant Professor of Vocal Coaching at the University of Oklahoma, where he taught lyric diction and seminars on French mélodie . Dr. Bandy was Czech and Russian coach at the summer Taos Opera Institute in New Mexico from 2009 until 2011. During the 2007-2008 school year, he was an Assistant Professor of Collaborative Piano at the Oberlin Conservatory, where he directed the vocal and instrumental accompanying programs. During the summer of 2008 he was pianist and coach at the Richard Miller Vocal Arts Symposium at Oberlin. Thomas finished his doctoral studies in collaborative piano in 2007 at the University of Michigan with Martin Katz. He has played in the voice studios of Shirley Verrett and George Shirley, among many others. Thomas is an active chamber musician and vocal coach in many languages as well, specializing in Russian and Czech diction and vocal literature. Thomas graduated summa cum laude from Furman University, in South Carolina, with a double major in piano and philosophy, and is married to Rebecca Bandy; they have three children.

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