Melany grew up in a very musical family. Both of her parents were singers and encouraged their children to sing and harmonize all the time. The whole family was involved with church music and the local light opera association during her formative years.
Mel’s first exposure to Barbershop harmony was when she helped her mother with a production of The Music Man in Whittier. Then her mom married a “Barbershopper”, Ron Black, and that was all there was to it. She was hooked!
At 18, Melany became a Sweet Adeline in Fresno. She was asked to be Associate Director under Dede Nibler shortly after graduating from college with a business degree and a minor in vocal music. She sang in many quartets, including a quartet with her mother, in the 80’s. After her mother passed away, her step-dad remarried and chose a bass. How fortuitous! In 1999, Pacific Breeze quartet, including Melany and her step-mom Jo Black, competed in Region 12 and took 3rd place. Melany’s first medal!
Later when she moved to Santa Rosa and married a “Barbershopper,” she sang with her parents and her husband in Family Affair. In 1998 she was asked to direct the Redwood Chordsmen of the Barbershop Harmony Society, and during her tenure with them she achieved her Director’s Certification with the Barbershop Harmony Society. She sang in a quartet called Director’s Cut with her husband and two other guys from the chorus.
After eight years of directing men, she “retired” to sing with the Pacific Empire Chorus along with her quartet, d’Vine, winning several 2nd Place awards in Region 12 competitions. She has been singing with PEC since 2007 and has been an Assistant Director and Lead Section Leader under Patty’s direction.
She coaches quartets and choruses, and conducts both group and individual voice lessons. She is the PEC Communication Coordinator and currently sings in Surprise! quartet. Oh… she is also under contract at a major medical device company in Santa Rosa where she is in the Technical Sourcing unit for Research and Development. She continues to be involved with the Barbershop Harmony Society by teaching at local harmony events and helping with backstage management at chorus shows and contests.