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Kent State Salem Welcomes Melissa Fucci

Posted Sep. 13, 2010

Melissa FucciMelissa Fucci is Kent State University at Salem's new choir director and music instructor. Fucci comes to Kent State Salem from the Kent Campus where she is an instructor of Musical Theatre at the Kent State University School of Theatre and Dance. In addition to her work with Kent State University, Fucci is the Education Coordinator for the Porthouse Theatre Academy and is a music mentor for the “Music! Words! Opera!” Curriculum Project with Opera Cleveland. In this role she assists grade school age children in learning opera concepts and guides classes to write original operas.

Fucci's wealth of experience, which includes a Master's of Music in Conducting, encompasses choir direction at numerous churches and musical direction of the Hudson Community Chorus. In recent years Fucci has acted as musical director for more than 40 musicals, many of which were performed at Kent State University or the Porthouse Theatre.

At Kent State Salem, Fucci will instruct students not only in musical concepts through classroom work, but also in singing and performance while directing the Kent State Salem Community Choir. In her role as director, Fucci brings more than 20 years of experience to the choir, which will celebrate its 20th season this year. Both community members and students are encouraged to participate in the group, which performs each semester. This year, rehearsals are at 7 p.m. in the Kent State Salem City Center, located in the heart of Salem at 230 N. Lincoln Ave. The first rehearsal is August 30. For those interested in joining, please contact Fucci directly at mfucci@kent.edu or at 330-337-4243.