Melissa Hyatt Foss is a musician, instrument-maker, and composer hailing from Maryland and Vermont. After receiving her BA in Art History at James Madison University she relocated to Argentina where she studied and developed her career as a performer, researcher, and teaching artist for over a decade. She completed her Master’s degree in Musical Creation, New Technologies and Traditional Arts at the National University of Argentina, specializing in the recreation of ancient sound artifacts of the Americas and electroacoustic composition. For seven years she was a soloist with the Orchestra of Indigenous Instruments and New Technologies, performing in Argentina and touring abroad in Europe and Central America. 

Melissa has cultivated an interdisciplinary practice that takes shape in sound sculptures, musical instruments, and organic electronica. Her work is a multifaceted contemplation of the beauty of our human heritage, the wisdom of our ancestors, and a search for their place in our world today. Her composition “Hanblecheyapi,” which was composed using a collection of her own hand-built instruments from the three Americas, was one of the International Rostrum of Composers’ 12 recommended works in 2018 and has since been broadcast by the BBC and other radio programs in Finland, Portugal and Austria among others.

She is currently based in Baltimore, Maryland, where she is a Resident Artist with the Creative Alliance.

 

Melissa Hyatt Foss's Classes This Season

  • Instructor Name
    Melissa Hyatt Foss
    Ages
    Adult
    Room Number
    114
    Member Price
    $250
    Non-Member Price
    $275

    Musical instruments have helped us to communicate and express ourselves since the dawn of human culture. Learning to build and play our own musical instruments slows us down, connects us to our bodies and to our self-expression, and helps us to connect with a sense of wonder, curiosity and play.  In this 4 session workshop we will get an introduction to musical instruments that have been made across Central and South America for thousands of years and learn to build our own clay flutes using ancient pottery-making techniques.  At the end of the course we will learn to explore and play our own unique instruments.  All are welcome, and no previous experience with clay, instruments or music is necessary.  Everyone can enjoy turning mud into music! See student pricing for 13-18 year olds.  A materials fee of $10 is due to Maryland Hall Pottery at the first class. Contact the instructor with any questions at melissahfoss@gmail.com. No class on Jan 28 while ocarina are kiln fired. The last day will be in a quiet "zen" room 205 for learning to play your Ocarina.

  • Instructor Name
    Melissa Hyatt Foss
    Ages
    13-18 years
    Room Number
    114
    Member Price
    $225
    Non-Member Price
    $250

    Class for Teens 13-18. Musical instruments have helped us to communicate and express ourselves since the dawn of human culture. Learning to build and play our own musical instruments slows us down, connects us to our bodies and to our self-expression, and helps us to connect with a sense of wonder, curiosity and play.  In this 4 session workshop we will get an introduction to musical instruments that have been made across Central and South America for thousands of years and learn to build our own clay flutes using ancient pottery-making techniques.  At the end of the course we will learn to explore and play our own unique instruments.  All are welcome, and no previous experience with clay, instruments or music is necessary.  Everyone can enjoy turning mud into music!  A materials fee of $10 is due to Maryland Hall Pottery at the first class. Contact the instructor with any questions at melissahfoss@gmail.com. No class on March 11 while ocarina are kiln fired. The last day will be in a quiet "zen" room 205 for learning to play your Ocarina.

Melissa Hyatt Foss