Melissa Tsoi : Bachelor of Music (BMus)
Music - Performance Piano
Melissa Tsoi came to the University of Waikato having finished high school at Diocesan School for Girls in Auckland in 2015 where she was Deputy Arts Prefect. An accomplished pianist, singer and percussionist, Melissa is in her second year of studying a Bachelor of Music, majoring in classical piano performance, second instrument classical voice and third instrument orchestral percussion. Melissa was invited to sing for Jami- Lee Ross, Member of Parliament (National) for Botany, Chinese New Year Celebration 17 February 2017. Melissa was also part of the Conservatorium of Music’s percussion ensemble that performed with the Waiheke Island Choral Society and Kaleidoscope Performance Inc. joint production of Carmina Burana held on April 7 and 8 2017. Melissa represented New Zealand singing in the Distinguished Concerts International New York with the Auckland Youth Choir in 2016 performing in Carnegie Hall premiering Paul Mealor’s Stabat Mater and new composition Jubilate Deo. She won the Open Class for the Piano duet in the Te Awamutu Competitions Society of Performing Arts in 2016, participated on a national level in the NZCT Chamber Music Contest in 2015 and won the National Award for the Best Performance of a New Zealand Work in the octet Cantus Bellorum as a percussionist. Melissa was part of the elite school choir St. Cecilia Singers that won Gold in the Big Sing National Finale in 2014 and 2015. Also, Melissa was involved with Dio Symphony and Dio Chamber Orchestra that achieved gold awards in the KBB Music Festival in 2015 as a percussionist. Melissa at her school held many leadership positions in running the musical activities that she was part of. She was orchestral percussion leader and has been sectional leaders for her school choir in the past years. She was part of the student run choir Divinitus that participated in the Big Sing National Finale in 2014 and gained a silver award. She has completed Trinity Guildhall’s grade 8 practical piano exam and passed with Distinction and was the first instrumentalist at her high school to receive the Averill Award for Service to the Performing Arts. Melissa in her spare time enjoys being in the Hamilton Civic Choir and works with St Paul's Collegiate School Choir as an accompanist. Also, she enjoys helping the community with her knowledge of music and she volunteered as a student instructor with Sistema Aotearoa. Melissa hopes in the future that she can use her knowledge in music to help other people and also improve her craft as a musician.