"It's amazing the way you can apply technology to an art form" -Geoff Downes
Melanie Montgomery is an audio engineer originally from Farmington Hills, Michigan. Her musical journey started when she was 10 years old, playing clarinet in the 5th grade band. This passion for music continued to grow, and led her to the Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, Indiana, where she pursued a double major in clarinet performance and audio engineering and sound production. In college, Melanie discovered a love of recording arts, and became devoted to honing the technical and creative skills required to be a successful audio engineer.
Melanie's true passion lies in classical music. She's recorded countless orchestra concerts, recorded and worked backstage with three different opera companies, and has spent countless hours recording smaller solo and chamber music recitals. Possessing a particular interest in new music, Melanie has made a point to collaborate with living composers and modern artists, such as Krzysztof Penderecki, Christopher Larosa, Dominick DiOrio, and the Pastrami Quartet.
However, Melanie's skills extend far beyond the traditional concert hall. As part of her studies at the Jacobs School of Music, she's spent many hours recording, mixing, and mastering a wide range of popular music, including jazz, rock, folk, and even EDM. Melanie also has experience as a board operator and audio technician for several live musical and theatrical performances. Finally, Melanie has worked on several radio broadcast, podcast, and sound for visual media productions.
Melanie holds a Bachelor's of Music in Clarinet Performance and a Bachelor's of Science in Audio Engineering in Sound Production from Indiana University. Her past positions include production assistant, teaching assistant, video engineer, and studio manager for Indiana University, Recording Engineer for the Interlochen Center for the Arts, Audio Engineering Intern for the Brevard Music Center, and Audio/Video Apprentice for the Santa Fe Opera Company. She currently works as the Assistant Audio Engineer with Central Sound at Arizona PBS.