Photo Courtesy of  SnoStudios

Photo Courtesy of SnoStudios

Melissa Malork

Bb, A, and Eb Clarinet


Melissa Malork is a clarinetist and woodwind instructor based out of Tempe, Arizona. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, she studied with Roy Zajac of the Santa Rosa Symphony, and also played principal clarinet of the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra. Melissa attended community college in preparation to transfer, and was principal clarinet of the 2010 Music Association of California Community Colleges Honor Band. In her last concert at home she performed the first movement of Carl Maria von Weber’s First Concerto for Clarinet with the Santa Rosa Junior College Symphonic Band. Melissa then studied at Arizona State University under Dr. Joshua Gardner and international soloist Dr. Robert Spring for her Bachelor of Music in Clarinet Performance. At ASU she performed in a masterclass with Julian Bliss, and the Driftwood Quintet performed one of her arrangements in a masterclass by David Bell. Melissa is particularly interested in new music, and commissioned pieces for clarinet and contemporary jazz ensemble on her senior recital. In addition to the clarinet Melissa also doubles flute and saxophone, and enjoys singing. She regularly performs in pit orchestras, frequently appearing with the Scottsdale Theatre Company, and has also worked with Mesa Encore Theater, Detour Theater Company, and Summer Repertory Theater. Melissa is one of the contributors to Driftwood’s growing selection of arrangements. 

Melissa is currently offering lessons!