Melissa Morey


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

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

MUS-255 (Horn) and MUS-355 (Horn)

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 14 2021/SP, 2020/FA, 2020/SP, 2019/FA, 2019/SP, 2018/SP, and 2017/SP
MUS-192 Brass Choir 8 2021/SP, 2020/FA, 2020/SP, and 2019/FA
MUS-194 Chamber Brass Ensemble 4 2016/SP and 2015/SP
MUS-256 Trumpet 1 2020/FA