ISB 2023 Convention Presenter — Melissa Straus

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Name: Melissa Straus
Presentation Date: Wednesday, June 7, 2023 10:00 AM
Presentation Venue: Macintosh Recital Hall
Presentation Title: Bass as an Instrument of Healing: Exploring the double bass in the healing arts (Co-Presenter: Lloyd Goldstein)
Presented / Performed Previous ISB Convention? No
Type of Presentation: Lecture/Performance
Genre: Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility (IDEA), Other

Dr. Melissa Angel Straus, DMA, CMP, Double Bass, performed with many orchestras throughout the country including the Grand Rapids Symphony and the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra (as Principal Bass from 1995-1999). An avid soloist and recitalist, she has performed recitals at numerous colleges and universities as well as contemporary venues. She co-created Extreme Duality, a flute/bass duo which premiered works of living composers. She has worked as faculty at the University of Wisconsin at Superior (1996-1999), Alma College (2003-2013), and Hope College (2008-2018).

Melissa’s education began with Dr. Dan Swaim at Arizona State University in 1988, and continued with Chris Brown from the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra at the University of Minnesota, where she earned her MM in Double Bass Performance in 1996. Melissa received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Michigan State University in 2003, where she studied with Jack Budrow. While at MSU, Melissa completed the coursework for a MA in Ethnomusicology and in 2010 Melissa presented her research on a regional orchestra's relationship to local culture at the University of London.

Melissa completed the Music for Healing and Transitions Program in 2014 and works as a Certified Music Practitioner, playing her bass at McLaren Greater Lansing Hospital.

For the past 15 years Lloyd Goldstein has provided music for patients, families and visitors with The Arts In Medicine Program at The Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida. He is a Certified Music Practitioner, graduating from The Music for Healing and Transition Program, Before working at the Cancer Institute Lloyd had the privilege of playing with the Florida Orchestra for 21 years as a section bassist. Several years ago Lloyd received his Performance and Teaching Diplomas from The Institute Francois Rabbath, one of the happiest moments of his life. Lloyd is indebted to Maestro Rabbath for his inspiration, guidance and support over the last 20+ years. Lloyd has also completed bachelor’s and master’s Degrees from The University of Miami, studying with the highly respected Professor Dr. Lucas Drew. Lloyd is also deeply indebted to Dr. Drew for his kindness, dedication, impeccable musicianship, and compassionate mentorship. Lloyd is married to Mary Grace Bronson having just celebrated their 33rd Anniversary. He is beyond deeply indebted to Mary Grace for her unwavering love and support in every moment.

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