Teacher Biography

Melissa Klauder Freilich is an accomplished musician and teacher. A native of Ambler, Pennsylvania, Ms. Freilich began her flute studies with at age ten. She has been a soloist with the Ambler Symphony, the North Penn Symphony, and Young Peoples’ Philharmonic, and has given recitals in the Philadelphia, Cleveland, and Ann Arbor areas. Melissa is the winner of the 1999 Montgomery County Concert Band Scholarship, the 2003 Mildred Tuttle Scholarship, and the 2004 Nelson Hauenstein Memorial Scholarship. Melissa holds a Bachelor of Music degree from The Cleveland Institute of Music and a Master of Music degree from the University of Michigan School of Music, where she studied flute performance. Melissa’s primary teachers include Veronica Mascaro, Amy Porter, and Joshua Smith. She has performed under several prestegious conductors including Leonard Slatkin and Franz Welser-Möst. Ms. Freilich can be heard on the 2005 Grammy Award winning recording of William Bolcolm’s Songs of Innocence and Experience.

An experienced coach, Ms. Freilich has been teaching privately for nearly fifteen years. She has coached chamber music at Cleveland Heights High School and was on the teaching staff at Dexter and Belleville Public Schools in Michigan. Ms. Freilich held the position of Graduate Student Instructor at the University of Michigan. She served on the faculty of Hallahan Catholic Girl’s High School and Kennedy Kendrick High School. Melissa is currently Director of the Wissahickon Summer Pops.  Ms. Freilich maintains a thriving flute studio in the Upper Dublin area. He students perform with the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, the Youth Orchestra of Bucks County, and Delaware County Youth Orchestra the Delaware Valley Young Musicians Orchestra, and have represented their schools in Montco Band, Bux-Mont Honors Band, and PMEA District, Region and State Festivals.