Melissa Loehnig Simons
Active as a solo pianist, chamber musician and collaborative performer, Dr. Melissa
Loehnig Simons is currently on faculty as Associate Professor of Music in Piano and
Theory at Central Methodist University in Fayette, Missouri. Dr. Simons has performed
throughout the United States, including as a guest artist at the Spokane Steinway Gallery, the University of Washington, Clarke University, Anderson University, Eastern Oregon University. She has also performed with the Marshall Philharmonic Orchestra in
Marshall, MO, Choral Arts in Seattle, WA, and for the El Paso Summer Music Festival.
She is featured on two recently released CD recordings: Chimera produced by Albany
Records and Mornings Like This produced by the Gothic Recording Label. Dr. Simons
has had the honor of working with such musicians as Rachel Barton Pine, Warren Jones, Martin Katz, Graham Johnson, Barbara Bonney, Christa Ludwig, Stephanie Blythe, Margo Garrett, Jake Heggie, and many others. Dr. Simons received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Piano Performance, graduating with honors from Whitman College. She also holds a Master of Music degree in Collaborative Piano from Florida State University and has completed her Doctor of Music degree in
Piano Performance with a focus on collaborative piano from the same institution.