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A Howard County native, Melissa completed her Artist Certificate in Flute Performance at Southern Methodist University, where she studied with Jean Larson and Deborah Baron (piccolo). She began her flute studies with her mother, Marlee Lindon, and studied with Emily Skala before attending Boston University. She received her Bachelor of Music (cum laude) and Master of Music degrees in Flute Performance from Boston University as a student of Doriot Anthony Dwyer and Marianne Gedigian. Other influential teachers include Keith Underwood, Martha Aarons, David Shostac, and Linda Toote.

As Adjunct Faculty at Howard Community College and Flute Instructor for The Music Institute at HCC since 2003, Melissa teaches students of all ages and levels.  Previous faculty appointments include the Greater Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras Independent Schools Orchestra Program, Winchester (MA) Community Music School, Creative Arts for Kids (Reading, MA), and the acclaimed Duncanville (TX) Independent School District Band Program.

An active orchestral, chamber and solo freelancer in the Washington metropolitan area, she is founder and flutist of the Patagonia Winds, a professional wind quintet, and a performing member of the Friday Morning Music Club and its orchestra, Avanti. She performed with Boston area ensembles, including the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra, Cape Symphony Orchestra, New Bedford Symphony Orchestra, and Atlantic Symphony Orchestra.  As a member of the Meadows Wind Ensemble, she premiered Stephen Jones' Passages in Manchester, England and is featured on the ensemble's recording of that work on the CD Snow Tracks on the Gasparo label.

She was a featured soloist with the Meadows Wind Ensemble and the Texas Festival Orchestra, and a finalist in the prestigious Pappoutsakis Flute Competition in Boston. She was a 1996 recipient of the P.E.O. Scholar Awards grant. She performed the Boston premiere of Julian Wachner’s Enchantment for flute, bassoon and piano, and the premiere of her brother Jeffrey Lindon's Flute Concerto, the second movement of which she recorded with the Peabody Symphony Orchestra.

Also a certified yoga teacher (RYT500), Melissa brings particular attention to breathing, posture and body awareness to her flute teaching.  She has presented her "Yoga for Musicians" workshops for the Flute Society of Washington and Howard Community College and works individually with professional and student musicians.

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