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How Do We Confront Racism in the Orchestra Classroom? A Courageous Conversation to Engage Responsible and Actionable Change

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Audrey Melzer - Biographical Information

Audrey John Melzer (she/her/hers) is the Director of Orchestras for the Oberlin City School District in Oberlin, Ohio, a town west of Cleveland, Ohio. As a string specialist and active performer, Audrey John Melzer is a bassist in her sixteenth year of teaching. She was awarded Community Teacher of the Year in 2017 for her equity literacy work in the orchestra classroom. Ms. Melzer has served as a faculty member at the Community Music School in Oberlin, Ohio; the Suzuki Program at The Music Settlement; and the El Sistema Program at the Rainey Institute; both in Cleveland, Ohio. She is a frequent faculty member for the Milt Hinton Institute for Studio Bass at the Oberlin Conservatory. Audrey has taught for public school systems in the U.S. and abroad, and has offered private instruction for her entire career. During her time in the U.S. Virgin Islands, she served as Director of Educational Outreach Programming for a historical society/museum/classical music venue. Ms. Melzer earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Baldwin Wallace University.

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