Melissa Morey


Adjunct Instructor of Horn in Music and Music - Winds, Brass, and Percussion

I teach people (through music), not music (through people). I always prioritize the whole person before the musician.

I give each student a wide variety of customized experiences -- solo repertoire, chamber music, music theory, assistance with large ensemble music, audition preparation, etc. I also balance teaching horn technique with teaching mindfulness, how to reduce performance anxiety and general anxiety, playing ergonomics (using the body in a healthy and efficient manner), listening, and life/work/school balance.

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.

Melissa Morey is a free-lance horn player, teacher, and singer. In addition to running Morey Horn Studio (her home teaching studio of 50+ private students), she also teaches at Gustavus Adolphus College (St. Peter), and is one-third of the Mélange à Trois horn trio (Cara Wilson - violin, Stephen Self - piano). She is a sought after horn instructor and masterclass presenter at music camps and schools.

She 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 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/soloist with the St. Olaf Choir, Band, and Orchestra. She has also studied with Michael Gast, principal horn for the Minnesota 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, and currently serves as the principal horn for Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra. She has been featured as an alumni soloist with the St. Olaf College Band (2013) and as a faculty soloist with the Gustavus Wind Orchestra (2015) and the Gustavus Symphony Orchestra (2016).

She has many years of experience in arts administration -- she previously served as Director of Operations for the Minnesota Chorale, International Tour Coordinator for Gateway Music Festivals & Tours, and board president and member of the board of directors of the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra.

Morey lives in Minneapolis with her husband, Nicholas Ellison, and three music-loving pets.


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-355 Horn 26 2020/FA, 2020/SP, 2019/FA, 2019/SP, 2018/FA, 2018/SP, 2017/FA, 2017/SP, 2016/FA, 2016/SP, 2015/FA, 2015/SP, and 2014/FA
MUS-255 Horn 19 2020/FA, 2020/SP, 2019/FA, 2019/SP, 2018/FA, 2018/SP, 2017/FA, 2017/SP, 2016/FA, 2016/SP, 2015/FA, 2015/SP, and 2014/FA
MUS-196 Horn Choir 12 2020/FA, 2020/SP, 2019/FA, 2019/SP, 2018/SP, and 2017/SP
MUS-192 Brass Choir 6 2020/FA, 2020/SP, and 2019/FA
MUS-194 Chamber Brass Ensemble 4 2016/SP and 2015/SP
MUS-256 Trumpet 1 2020/FA