Faculty & Staff SpotlightMelissa Morey

Melissa Morey

Adjunct Professor of French Horn

Melissa Morey is a free-lance horn player, singer, and teacher who holds a Master of Music degree in horn performance and pedagogy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she studied with Douglas Hill. She earned a Bachelor of Music degree (with departmental distinction) in vocal music education from St. Olaf College where she studied horn with Priscilla McAfee and voice with Margaret Eaves-Smith, and was a member of and featured soloist with the St. Olaf Choir, St. Olaf Band, and St. Olaf Orchestra. Morey has performed in numerous professional vocal and instrumental groups throughout the Twin Cities region, most notably the Minnesota Orchestra and the Dale Warland Singers. She serves as principal horn for the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, and teaches at her home studio, Gustavus Adolphus College (St. Peter), Mt. Olivet School of Music (Minneapolis), and Concordia University-St. Paul. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband Nicholas Ellison and their three musical pets.


  • M.M., Horn Performance and Pedagogy, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2005)
  • B.M., Vocal Music Education, St. Olaf College (2000)