Melanie Chirignan, a native of Hauppauge, NY, is a flautist known for her musicality and versatility of repertoire. She earned her bachelor’s in Music Performance and Music Education graduating magna cum laude from SUNY Fredonia, and her master’s degree in Flute Performance at the Hartt School.
Melanie’s eclectic tastes have led her to collaborate with many different performers and ensembles. For orchestras, she’s performed with: New York Chamber Player's Orchestra, Octavo Chamber Orchestra, Garden State Philharmonic, the Chelsea Symphony, Gateway Classical Music Society, S.E.M. Ensemble, Beth El Temple Orchestra and Hartt Independent Chamber Orchestra. For chamber music, she’s performed with the Space Coast Flute Orchestra, the Long Island flute ensemble, Hudson Valley Wind Quintet, jazz bass legend, Nat Reeves, traditional Irish harpist Hailey Hewitt, Philadelphia Fife and Drum Corps, guitarists Yovianna Garcia, Scott Hill, Oren Fader, and the Alturas Duo. She has performed at Alice Tully Hall, Symphony Space, Opera America, the DiMenna Center, Tenri Cultural Center, for Composer's Voice Concert Series, Cornelia St. Cafe, the Connecticut Guitar Society, at many Public Library concert series’ including Troy, the Windsor Historical Society, the New Britain Museum of Art, the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, Windsor Art Center, and the Wadsworth Museum of Art, Proctors, among others. In addition, she has soloed with the Chelsea Symphony, performing "Poem" by Charles Griffes. She has performed in the pit for musicals at various schools in "Once Upon a Mattress," "Fiddler on the Roof," "Anything Goes," "Oklahoma," and "Beauty and the Beast." Melanie has also worked closely with many composers and has premiered new works by Nolan Stolz (Princess Ka'iulani, released on SCI/ Parma Recordings), Masatora Goya, Sean Pallatroni, Brendon Randall-Myers, and made the world premiere recording of the Delian Suite, from a body of international composers in the Delian Society. She has recorded several works for Masatora Goya's album, "Dream Of Sailing," available on ITunes and Amazon. She also recorded "Latinos Ni de Aqui Ni de Alla" on the Latin Heartbeat Orchestra album, El Regreso.
A certified music teacher, she has taught general music, chorus, and orchestra, and has taught every level from elementary school to conservatory level students. With Alturas Duo, she taught workshops on the "Origins of South American Folk Music" through Hartford Performs. She is currently freelancing and teaching in the Capital Region. She is a Boces Performing Artist for Flute Masterclasses.