This is Melissa Brewer’s 30th season with the Tallahassee Symphony. She joined the orchestra in 1992 after winning the position of Assistant Principal Viola. She first took over the position of Personnel Manager in 1994 as a one-year replacement but was asked to stay in that position after the previous manager enjoyed not having the headaches. Operations Manager was added several years ago to her title to reflect the duties she was already doing. These include coordinating off-campus performances, working with our sound engineers for setup, and sometimes driving the 26’ Ryder truck.
She began her professional studies in violin & viola at the University of Miami, studying with George Zazofsky & Victor Stern and with David Becker at the University of Wisconsin Madison. She attended Oberlin’s Baroque Performance Institute where she studied with Julie Andrijeski and Jane Starkman.
She has performed with artists as varied as Perlman, Sinatra, Billy Dean, and baroque dancer Paige Whitley-Baugess. On period instruments, she has performed and recorded with Conspirare in Austin, TX as well as with the Victoria Bach Festival, Baroque Southeast, the Apollo Ensemble, and the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra.
She feels very fortunate to have 3 beautiful instruments to perform on. Her modern viola is French made in the 1820s by E. Perrin, and her baroque viola is English made in 1760 by Locky Hill. Her viola d’amore is Italian and was made in 1930 made by G. Tadesco.
Since Melissa and her husband Charles Brewer purchased a 1940 bungalow in “Old Town” she has discovered a talent and love for demo!