Melissa's Music Studio

 Melissa's Music Studio

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Studio Teachers

April Keltner
 Piano Instructor

April Keltner has an extensive twenty year committed relationship with music, more specifically, on the piano. Her love of the piano has led her to countless competitions as well as show choir, theatre, church, volunteer and wedding performances. She is also versed in trumpet and is learning how to play the guitar and ukulele. April graduated from Full Sail University in Florida with a Bachelor of Science degree in Film and lived in Los Angeles for five years. Although she was brought up classically, Los Angeles is where she found a love for jazz, blues, funk and pop. April's mastery in the art of piano improvisation allows her to construct music lessons where she fosters the creativity of her students. Her main goal of teaching is offering a space where students' emotions can be channelled constructively.  

Hsin-Hui Liu

Piano Instructor 

Hsin-Hui Liu is an active solo and collaborative pianist, winning piano concerto competitions while studying at Lynn University Conservatory of Music in Florida where she received a full scholarship and graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Music degree. She went on to earn her Master's of Music from the University of British Columbia School of Music in Canada. In 2018, Hsin-Hui received gold medals at the Montecito International Music Festival. She is a Doctoral of Musical Arts candidate and Teaching Assistant at the University of Iowa. A native of Taiwan, Liu started her musical training at the age of five. Five years later, she moved to Chengdu, China, to receive further training in piano with Professor Daxin Zheng at the Sichuan Conservatory of Music. 

Anika Kildegaard
Voice Instructor

Soprano Anika Kildegaard is a champion of new music, having premiered and commissioned multiple new works from composers across the Midwest including Libby Larsen, Linda Kachelmeier and Mitch Grussing. She has sung with The VocalEssence Ensemble Singers, Minnesota Chorale, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Chorale, MPLS (imPulse), Magpies & Ravens and the St Paul Civic Symphony Chorus. Anika has been featured at the Twin Cities Early Music Festival, Northern Voice Festival, College Music Society's Great Lakes Region Conference and the University of Minnesota's Morris Jazz Festival. Recent appearances include Bach’s Wachet Auf, Steve Mackey’s Madrigal, and the premiere of a new work by Jean-François Charles. Anika is a master’s student at the University of Iowa.

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