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Portrait of Melissa Glenn

Melissa Walker Glenn

Associate Professor
Faculty of Culture, Language & Performing Arts

McKay Classroom Building Room 191F


Dr. Melissa Walker Glenn, mezzo-soprano, is a proud alumna of Brigham Young University–Hawaii. She also holds a master’s degree in vocal performance and literature from the prestigious Eastman School of Music and a doctoral degree in voice performance from Arizona State University.

Dr. Glenn has performed as a soloist with the Phoenix Symphony, Hawaii Symphony Orchestra, Honolulu Symphony Orchestra, Eastman Orchestra, Honolulu Bach Chamber Orchestra, ¡Sacabuche!, and True Concord Voices and Orchestra. Her opera engagements include Arizona Opera, Lyric Opera Theatre, and Painted Sky Opera. As a diverse musician, she has performed many roles in musical theatre, theatre, and independent film, including working at Disneyland with GoodTime Productions.

Melissa runs a successful studio of classical, musical theatre, and pop singers at BYU–Hawai’i, where she also directs the Broadway Revue ensemble and musical directs the Opera and Musical Theatre Workshop.

Dr. Glenn is passionate about utilizing the arts as a vehicle for social change. One of her proudest achievements is funding, organizing, creating, and performing a song cycle based on the words and lives of childhood sex-trafficked survivors in India. Dr. Glenn and Dr. John Bell are the writers of the musical Gingerbread. Gingerbread, loosely based on the fairytale Hansel and Gretel, explores how poverty renders children vulnerable to trafficking and how we can help.


Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Studies: Brigham Young University–Hawaii, 2005
Master of Music in Vocal Performance and Literature: Eastman School of Music, 2007
Doctor of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance: Arizona State University, 2010

Classes Taught

Individual instruction (voice lessons), Broadway Revue, Careers in Music, Opera & Musical Theatre Workshop, Diction, Vocal Literature I & II, and Vocal Pedagogy.

Area of Expertise