About | Melissa Hullman
Melissa Hullman's teaching career features appointments to the faculty of the Peabody Conservatory and Peabody Preparatory; masterclasses and presentations in the US and abroad, including sessions for the American String Teacher's Association National Conference, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Sphinx Organization, and the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University; and teacher trainings in Peru and Colombia. Her students are top prizewinners at national and international competitions, and are majoring in violin/viola performance at the Juilliard School, Cleveland Institute, Oberlin Conservatory, and the Peabody Conservatory, among others.
Recognized for her work as a specialist in musicians' injury prevention, musicians' movement retraining, and peak performance, Melissa Hullman is the founder of Balanced Musician and has also served on the Performing Arts and Medicine faculty at Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University. She has worked with members of major symphony orchestras, faculty at conservatories across the US, and pre-professionals preparing for competitions and auditions, hailing from The Juilliard School, Kennedy Center Opera Orchestra, New England Conservatory, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Sphinx Virtuosi, Peabody Conservatory, "The President's Own" United States Marine Band, Eastman School of Music, Sphinx Symphony, The University of Michigan, Boston Philharmonic, National Conservatory of Colombia, Bogota Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra of Colombia, Soulful Symphony, Music Institute of Chicago, Boston University, and Ithaca College.
As faculty and course developer for the Playing Well Anatomy+Movement series at Peabody, she has contributed course material on the application of the principles of biomechanics and kinesiology to violin performance. In 2015-2016, she served on the Peabody Institute's Music and Medicine Task Force, which provided recommendations for the formation of the Johns Hopkins Center for Music and Medicine and the Johns Hopkins Rehabilitation Network Clinic for Performing Artists at Peabody. She has also served on the SmartGuitar development team and was a research team member for a musicians' dystonia study at Hopkins.
Locally, her students have been honored as featured soloists in performances with Full Circle Dance Company, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore All County Honors Orchestra, at Maryland Artscape, and on the Education Channel; as first chair players in orchestras throughout the region, including the Maryland All-State Orchestras, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Side-by-Side Concert, Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestras, Peabody Youth Orchestra, Baltimore All-County Junior and Senior Honors Orchestras, Maryland Youth Symphony Orchestra, and the FAME Youth Chamber Orchestra; and as prizewinners in competitions including the Peabody Honors Recital and MD/DC American String Teachers Association Strings Plus Chamber Music Festival. They have auditioned for and attended summer music festivals in the US and Canada, including Tanglewood (BUTI), Heifetz Institute, and Interlochen.
Ms. Hullman has performed with orchestral and chamber ensembles spanning several genres, from her classical roots to tango and jazz, and has been invited to share the stage at such diverse venues as the Kennedy Center, Canadian Music Week, the World Bank, Musikfest, Carnegie Mellon University, Maryland Artscape, the historic Fundación Orquestra Sinfónica de Juvenile (Bogotá), and Brooklyn's Jalopy Theatre. She has performed on albums featuring composer Jonathan Leshnoff, Americana songwriter Caleb Stine, Montreal indie folk band Frank Feutre, and singer/songwriter Ellen Cherry. Her musical collaborations include tango with Venezuelan pianist César Orozco, chamber jazz with pianist Marc Irwin, tango/jazz/improvisation with Jake Leckie and Susan Alcorn, and Indian music with K.S. Resmi, percussionist N. Scott Robinson, and tabla maestro Debu Nyack.
As an orchestral musician, she has premiered and performed new works in performances with Inscape Chamber Orchestra and the Ann Arbor Symphony, and as a high-school aged violinist was a member of the York Symphony Orchestra. She performs as a duo with her husband, cellist Doug Jameson, and is a founding member of the Victoria Piano Trio.