Melanie Malinka is a native of Stuttgart, Germany and has served as Director of Music at The Madeleine Choir School in Salt Lake City, UT since 2001. In this position she oversees the school's rigorous choral program and leads preparations of the choristers for their extensive concert season, regular service commitments, international tours, and engagements with leading local arts organizations including Utah Symphony | Utah Opera. She regularly conducts the Cathedral Choir of The Cathedral of the Madeleine and has served as interim chorus master for several opera productions of the Utah Opera. She also regularly serves as guest conductor and clinician at choral festivals and workshops around the country, including American Federation Pueri Cantores festivals and the Church Music Association of America Colloquium. In addition, she also maintains a private voice studio focusing on boy sopranos and young adolescent voices. Melanie received a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, New Jersey and a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from the University of Utah where she studied with Dr. Barlow Bradford.