Director of Music & The Arts/ Organist,
North Avenue Presbyterian Church
Melinda Clark, Director & Conductor Melinda Lee Clark - organist, pianist, composer, conductor, and teacher - has served as Organist/Director of Music for churches in Atlanta, Augusta, and Athens, GA; Washington, DC; with additional work in Charleston, SC. Currently Melinda serves as Organist and Director of Music & The Arts at North Avenue Presbyterian Church, Atlanta GA. After graduating from the University of Georgia, Melinda continued her studies with summer sessions in choral conducting at Westminster Choir College, Princeton, NJ, and orchestral conducting with Gunther Schuller in Sandpoint, ID. In 2003, Melinda formed Orchestra NAPC, a group open to instrumentalists from North Avenue Presbyterian Church, and the surrounding area. These musicians play for selected services, weddings, and special occasions. The Chancel Choir of NAPC was honored to be selected to perform at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC in 2001 & 2004.
Melinda has worked as Musical Director and Conductor for originally-written plays and musical revues. She has been commissioned to write musical works for churches, cabarets, and storytellers. In addition, The Holy Spirit Comes, a sacred composition depicting the first Pentecost, commissioned in 1995, written for choirs, organ, harp, timpani, woodwinds, and narrator, has had four performances. Her musical theater work, Noah, the Musical, has enjoyed three different mountings of the production since 2004. The Legend of Sir Cleges and His Gift, her most recent musical theater work with original music was produced in November of 2010.
Serenity, A Collection of Favorite Hymns, a piano CD, was released in 1998. Recently, Melinda was invited to write an organ duet for Elizabeth & Raymond Chenault, Duo-Organists in Atlanta. This work was premiered at a concert in Augusta, GA, given by the Chenaults and has been heard multiple times since in cities throughout the United States. A recent commissioning for a composition for Duo-Organ came from the Georgia Music Teachers Association. The work An American Suite, an Organ Duet in four movements was premiered in November 2012 by the Chenaults. An American Suite had its Atlanta premier in February 2014 by the Chenaults at All Saints Episcopal Church, Atlanta and has been performed multiple times throughout the USA by the Chenaults on their Concert tours.
Melinda thoroughly enjoys putting together events that pair together Music and People.