Significant teachers and mentors:
Mark Zinger, Gerardo Ribeiro, Sally O'Reilly, Paul Kantor (Aspen Music Festival).
Teaching philosophy and areas of expertise:
I am extremely fortunate to work in the field of sharing the gift of music. I am blessed to observe students achieve small goals which turn into larger goals, which turn into personal bests.
Professional affiliations & activities:
Melissa Arbetter has performed with Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Elgin Symphony Orchestra, Illinois Philharmonic, Lake Forest Symphony, AIMS Festival Orchestra (Graz, Austria), Rochester Symphony Orchestra (MN). As a Chamber Music Coach, she has worked with the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra.
Arbetter has participated in numerous summer festivals, including the AIM Festival Orchestra in Austria and the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado. Ms. Arbetter has also appeared with diverse pop artists, ranging from Richard Marx to The Moody Blues. Chicago theater credits include performing at the Jeff Awards as well as five consecutive years as a violinist in The Christmas Schooner musical at the Mercury Theater Chicago. Ms. Arbetter can be heard on recordings by the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, the Lake Forest Symphony, and Season of Carols 2012 edition. Film credits include Home Alone 2; television credits include WGN Chicago News; radio credits include a live broadcast on WBEZ.
Favorite composer or piece to play:
I could listen to Brahms all day!