Melissa Dunphy

Composer Melissa Dunphy specializes in theatrical and political vocal music; her works include the Gonzales Cantata, which was featured on MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show and staged by American Opera Theater, multi-award-winning soprano song cycle Tesla’s Pigeon, and What do you think I fought for at Omaha Beach? which has been performed by Chanticleer, Cantus, Simon Carrington Chamber Singers, and the Saint Louis Chamber Chorus. Dunphy is currently the composer-in-residence of the Saint Louis Chamber Chorus and the director of music composition for the O'Neill National Puppetry Conference; past residencies include the Immaculata Symphony Orchestra, Volti Choral Arts Lab, and Volti Choral Institute. She lives in Philadelphia, where she also composes for several theaters, acts, and performs as a violist and singer, and where she is finishing her Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania. She and her husband Matt perform in the rock duo Up Your Cherry and are developing a new performance venue in Old City, the Hannah Callowhill Stage. More information at or follow her on twitter @mormolyke

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