MELANIE MURPHY-CORWIN

Board Member

MELANIE MURPHY-CORWIN
Board Member

It might be said that Melanie Murphy-Corwin was born into the world of classical music. Although her entire family is Canadian, Melanie was born in New York City because her father, noted violinist Albert Pratz, was with Toscanini and the NBC Symphony. Throughout her formative years, Melanie was steeped in the profession as her father was involved in all aspects of music including teaching, composing, conducting, recording (both classical and popular) and serving as Concertmaster of the CBC Symphony Orchestra, the Buffalo Symphony Orchestra, and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

Although she has played a bit of violin, piano and guitar, Melanie was more academic in her professional goals, and was one of the first women to graduate from the previously all male Jesuit College, Canisius, in Buffalo, New York. She went on to earn two Master’s degrees from Pepperdine University and a third from National University. She taught school in Rochester and Albany, New York, Cleveland, Ohio, Plymouth, Michigan and since 1977 has lived and worked as a teacher and school administrator in the Corona area. She retired in 2010 as a Principal with the Corona-Norco Unified School District.

Melanie is thrilled to serve on the Board and is particularly excited to be able to support the Conservatory and the emerging Youth Orchestra both of which were passions of her father. As someone once said, “Music is life. That’s why our hearts have beats.” To quote the title of the national radio show that her father produced, directed, and starred in for several years on CBC Radio, “Let’s Make Music!”