Melissa Givens, DMA

Contact:

Office Address: Brown 265
Phone: (281) 649-3295

mgivens@hbu.edu
Area Coordinator, Vocal Studies
Assistant Professor of Music

Education

  • BA in Music, Davidson College
  • MM in Vocal Performance, Shepherd School of Music, Rice University
  • DMA in Music Performance, University of Houston

Courses Taught

  • Applied Voice
  • Language Diction (English, Italian, French and German)
  • Opera Workshop

Teaching Focus

Ms. Givens’ teaching focus is the healthy use and development of the singing voice, with an emphasis on performance practice and vocal literature.

Additional Information

Ms. Givens is an internationally recognized performer as well as a teacher. She was a featured soloist in the European tour of the production Pitié! with the Belgian dance company Les Ballets C de la B, and has also performed as a soloist with the Vienna Volksoper Orchestra, the Budapest Concert Orchestra, Austin Symphony Orchestra, Houston Symphony Orchestra, National Philharmonic and the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra.

She is also a champion of collaborative musical endeavors and is a core artist with the early music ensemble Ars Lyrica Houston and the Bach Society of Houston. Her discography includes critically acclaimed performances on several recordings, including Ars Lyrica’s world premiere recording of music of Alessandro Scarlatti (Naxos), and several discs by Conspirare: Company of Voices (Harmonia Mundi), two of which were nominated for Grammy® Awards. Her solo disc, let the rain kiss you, was an editor’s pick on the music website www.cdbaby.com.

Ms. Givens is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and serves as the Treasurer for the Greater Houston Chapter. She is also a member of the American Guild of Musical Artists, the Houston Tuesday Musical Club, and the honor societies Omicron Delta Kappa and Pi Lambda Kappa. In 2009 she was named a Patroness of Sigma Alpha Iota, the international music fraternity for women. Ms. Givens serves on the University Social Events Committee.
Courses Taught
  • Private Voice
  • Language Diction (English/Italian and French/German)
  • Opera Workshop
  • Vocal Pedagogy
 
Teaching Focus
Dr. Givens’ teaching focus is the healthy use and development of the singing voice, with an emphasis on performance practice, stage deportment, and vocal literature.
 
Additional Information
Dr. Givens is an internationally recognized performer as well as a teacher. She was a featured soloist in the European tour of the production Pitié! with the Belgian dance company Les Ballets C de la B, and has also performed as a soloist with the Vienna Volksoper Orchestra, the Budapest Concert Orchestra, the Bolshoi (Moscow) Orchestra, Austin Symphony Orchestra, Houston Symphony Orchestra, National Philharmonic and the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra. Most recently, she performed in a concert version Gershwin’s beloved “Porgy and Bess” for the Cypress Creek FACE Promenade Series. Upcoming appearances include “Napoleon and the Battle of Nations,” a commemorative concert with Mercury Houston, and Handel’s rarely performed “Susanna” with Ars Lyrica Houston.
A champion of collaborative musical endeavors, Dr. Givens performs regularly with the early music ensembles Ars Lyrica Houston and Bach Society Houston, as well as Austin-based Conspirare: Craig Hella Johnson and Company of Voices. Her discography includes critically acclaimed performances on several recordings, including Ars Lyrica’s world premiere recording of music of Alessandro Scarlatti (Naxos), and several discs by Conspirare: Company of Voices (Harmonia Mundi), two of which were nominated for Grammy® Awards. Her solo disc, let the rain kiss you, was an editor’s pick on the music website www.cdbaby.com.
Dr. Givens is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and serves as the Treasurer for the Greater Houston Chapter. She is also a member of the American Guild of Musical Artists, the Houston Tuesday Musical Club, and the honor societies Omicron Delta Kappa and Pi Lambda Kappa. In 2009 she was named a Patroness of Sigma Alpha Iota, the international music fraternity for women. Ms. Givens serves on the University Social Events Committee.