"Guest conductor Melissa McBride strode out on stage and conducted with a firm baton, sweeping gesture, and an enthusiasm for contrast that was infectious. Her style, in which every gesture seemed motivated from within and connected to the music, was fluid, free or mannerisms and very alive."Butler Eagle" Integral to the success of the first half of the program was the precise technique of guest conductor Melissa McBride...the orchestra responded will under her guidance." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "McBride kept the crowd waltzing, marching, even put some on pointe. She took her final bow after an audience-insisted encore." McKeesport Daily News "Youth Symphony Sparkles at Fox Theatre. Under the baton of conductor Melissa McBride, the El Camino Youth Symphony delivered the rhythmicallylively orchestration of Orff's most popular Carmina Burana...undaunted in the coordinating of tempos and volumes by thelarge assemblyof vocalists and instrumentalists, coached and extremely well-coordinated sound, with crisp attacks and smooth endings. Her mastery of the performance is to be greatly respected." Redwood City Almanac"Handel's Messiah Performance Spectacular." Melissa McBride displayed her talent as conductor and player of the harpsichord...I was very impressed by the superior performance that was given." The Indiana Penn"McBride led them with sensitivity and assurance...she is capable of creating moments of great emotion." Waterloo/Cedar Falls
McKeesport Symphony Orchestra McKeesport, PA 2002, Sinfonia dill\Arte di FirenzeArezzo, Italy 2001, Edgewood Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh, PA 1999-2001, Pennsylvania Music Educator's Association Honors String Orchestra Monroeville, PA 1997-2001, Tri-County Orchestra Altoona, PA 1999, Pennsylvania Music Educator's Association District Festival Orchestra Kittaning, PA 1995-1996, Butler County Symphony Orchestra Butler, PA 1994-1995, Waterloo/CedarFalls Symphony Orchestra Waterloo, IA 1994, Rzeszow Filharmonia Rzeszow, Poland 1992-1993, Stanford String Quartet and Eagle Child Singers "Drum" Stanford, CA 1993, Martinu Filharmonia Zlin, Czechoslovakia 1991, Olomouc Chamber Orchestra Zlin, Czechoslovakia 1991
Alle-Kiski Summer Music CampNew Kensington, PA 2001, Indiana, PA 1999, Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) Summer Arts Academy, "Beginning Thoughts on Conducting" Indiana, PA 1998, IUP Concert Aria Group, "Performance Practice: On the Road to Authenticity" Indiana, PA 1997, "Stravinsky's Last Dance Sacrificed? The 1943 Revision of the Sacrificial Dance fromtheRite of Spring" (Dissertation) Stanford University, CA 1992, "Ravel's Mother Goose Suite: A Conductor's Approach" Stanford University, CA 1992, "Penderecki's Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima" Stanford University, CA 1991, "Vivaldi's Four Seasons: A Performance Practice Guide" Stanford University, CA 1990
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