UI School of Music selects first woman to direct orchestral activities

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Mélisse Brunet, a conductor from Paris, will join the UI School of Music as the director of Orchestral Activities this fall.

The University of Iowa School of Music took to Facebook last week to announce its next Director of Orchestral Activities, Professor Mélisse Brunet.

Originally from Paris, Brunet currently serves as the director of Orchestral Activities at Appalachian State University and director of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic. She will become the first woman to direct orchestral activities at the UI this fall, confirmed Katie Buehner, head of the UI Rita Benton Music Library.

Brunet began her music career at age 7 at a music school in Paris. She started teaching by the time she was 17-years-old, and hasn’t stopped since.

“As a young teenager, I just knew it [conducting] was it,” Brunet said. “Art is a way of expressing your feelings and problems in a safe way and I’ve always loved sharing my vision. Teaching and conducting is a way in which I can do both.”

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