Melissa Lynne Pankow began her instrumental training at age 10 in her hometown of Burke, Virginia. After graduating from Lake Braddock Secondary School, Melissa earned her B.M. in Music Performance at James Madison University in 2008, where she studied with Dr. Janice Minor. Throughout her undergraduate study she served as principal player for the James Madison Wind Symphony, Opera Orchestra, and Symphony Orchestra. Melissa received her M.M. in Performance from Bowling Green State University in 2010, where she studied under Kevin Schempf. During her time at BGSU, she performed on B-flat, E-flat and Bass clarinet with the Bowling Green Wind Symphony, New Music Ensemble, Philharmonia, and Opera Orchestra. Her focus and enthusiasm for chamber music began when attended Wintergreen Performance Academy in the summers of 2005 through 2007, where she studied with Dr. Thomas Josenhans and received a large amount of chamber music experience. In 2010 she attended the Saarburg Serenaden Music Festival in Saarburg, Germany, also with concentration in chamber music. Since beginning her private teaching career at the age of 15, Melissa has instructed students from the ages of 9 through the collegiate level. In addition to individual lessons, she taught large group clarinet lessons for Fallen Timbers Middle School in Whitehouse, OH. Ms. Pankow has participated in master classes with Alan R. Kay, Rebecca Rishin, Russell Dagon, Ted Oien and members of the Prestige Clarinet Quartet. She has also performed with the Sweet Briar Chamber Orchestra and Waynesboro Symphony Orchestra. She is a proud alumni member of Tau Beta Sigma Honorary Band Sorority.