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Melissa Foster

Faculty-in-Residence | South Area

Faculty-in-Residence | South Area

  • Email: m-foster@northwestern.edu 
  • Office: Music Administration Building, 711 Elgin Road, Room #405, Evanston, Illinois 60208
  • Phone: 847-467-7915
Melissa is an educator, voice specialist, theatre artist, researcher, speaker, and Faculty-in-Residence in the South Area. As a voice teacher, she specializes in musical theatre, pop styles, the history and performance of hip-hop, and opera/musical theatre crossover. Her scholarly book, The Scenario: Hip-Hop History and Performance Techniques for Musical Theatre, examines the pathway into hip-hop performance with historical and cultural awareness, vocal health, and authenticity. Among other pursuits beyond campus, Melissa is the rap and R&B coach for Rock the Audition, as well as a resident vocal consultant for the Lyric Opera of Chicago. On campus, she provides vital service as a faculty representative on the Community Safety Advisory Board and panelist within the University Hearing and Appeals System (UHAS).