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 third year of studying a Bachelor of Music, majoring in classical piano performance and second instrument classical voice. In 2017 she studied percussion as a third instrument alongside piano and voice. For percussion Melissa won the Performer's Award in the Douglas Lilburn Composition Competition in 2017 as a timpanist and was 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. In piano, she won third place in the Solo by Memory Class and the 20th Century Class in the Te Awamutu Competitions Society of Performing Arts 2017. She also won first prize in the Chamber Music Ensemble Class (Puissant Quartet) Te Awamutu Competitions Society of Performing Arts 2017 as a pianist. For singing she was invited to sing for Jami- Lee Ross, Member of Parliament (National) for Botany, Chinese New Year Celebration 17 February 2017 and 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. Also, she enjoys helping the community with her knowledge of music so she is currently working with Sistema Waikato as a volunteer. Melissa aspires in the future to be a well rounded musician and hopes she can use her skills to make a difference to society through her love for music.