Melissa Morey


Adjunct Instructor of Horn in Music and Music - Instrumental


Melissa Morey is a free-lance professional horn player, horn teacher, and singer, who holds a Master of Music degree in horn performance and pedagogy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she studied with Douglas Hill. Morey earned a Bachelor of Music degree in vocal music education (with departmental distinction) from St. Olaf College where she studied horn with Priscilla McAfee and voice with Margaret Eaves-Smith, and was a member of and soloist with the St. Olaf Choir, St. Olaf Band, and St. Olaf Orchestra. Other teachers include Michael Gast (principal horn of Minnesota Orchestra), Mark Perkins, and Charlotte and Michael Morey.

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, and currently serves as the principal horn for Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra. She was recently featured as the soloist with the Saint Olaf College Band for the 2013 Homecoming Concert.

In addition to running Morey Horn Studio, Morey is also one-third of the Mélange à Trois horn trio (Cara Wilson - violin, Stephen Self - piano), and teaches at Gustavus Adolphus College (St. Peter, MN) and Concordia-St. Paul.

Morey has many years of experience in arts administration (former Director of Operations for the Minnesota Chorale and International Tour Coordinator for Gateway Music Festivals & Tours) and served on the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra for six years (four of which were as Board President). She lives in St. Paul with her band-director, trumpet-playing husband Nicholas Ellison and their two music-loving cats, Boris and Natasha.

Teaching Creed

I endeavor to strengthen and encourage players of all ages to learn more about themselves, horn, and music as part of a lifelong journey of self-improvement and exploration.

I believe music is a vital part of the human experience.

I believe music is a universal language. I believe this language is capable of communicating relationships and intangible connections, expressing feelings when we have no words, and understanding with our hearts when we cannot understand with our minds.

I believe it is my responsibility as an educator to develop every individual’s innate musical talents and abilities to their highest possible level.

I believe the relationship between teacher and student is a partnership – the outcome of which should be your highest achievement with my support and guidance. Partnerships require respect, cooperation, and honest communication.


St. Olaf College (BM Vocal Education, Departmental Distinction); University of Wisconsin-Madison (MM Horn Performance & Pedagogy)


Courses Taught

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
MUS-355Horn102016/FA, 2016/SP, 2015/FA, 2015/SP, and 2014/FA
MUS-255Horn72016/FA, 2016/SP, 2015/FA, 2015/SP, and 2014/FA
MUS-194Chamber Brass Ensemble42016/SP and 2015/SP