Melissa Clarke joined the Community Music Department as Program Assistant in Fall 2013. She has a long association with Community Music and the University of Puget Sound. Melissa's children have been a part of Community Music's instructional programs for more than 21 years through their studies in violin, viola, cello, piano, and chamber music. Her eldest daughter is now a professional violinist. Her son is a cello student at the University of Washington. Her youngest daughter is a student at Tacoma School of the Arts and continues to focus on violin. Melissa herself studied classical piano for eleven years as a young person and then again as an adult at the Community Music Department. She also has worked for the department as a vocal and strings accompanist as well as pianist for the Suzuki violin program. Melissa is an alumna of Puget Sound who majored in Spanish language and literature. As a life-long resident of Washington State, she hails originally from the tiny town of Peshastin, located in the Wenatchee Valley.
"I'm so happy to be working in the Community Music Department. My family has grown up in Community Music and I could not be more pleased to play a part in helping other families benefit from this important and enriching program."