Melody Cliff


Lower Dauphin School District — MIddle and High School Orchestra Director
Allegro Orchestra of Lancaster
faculty since 2008

MM (West Chester University), BS (Lancaster Bible College)

Born and raised in Hershey, PA, Melody (Brubaker) Cliff was a violin student of Odin Rathnam. A graduate of Lancaster Bible College, Melody earned a bachelor’s of science along with her Pennsylvania State and ACSI Music Education certification K-12. During college, she studied violin with Michael T. Jamanis as a scholarship student in the Institute program at the PA Academy of Music, where she was concertmaster of the Philharmonia Orchestra. Summer music festivals included full scholarships to the PA Governor’s School for the Arts and the “Music Naturally” Summer Institute at the PA Academy of Music. In 2013, Melody received her Master of Music Performance degree from West Chester University, where she studied violin with Sylvia Arhamjian.

Currently Melody performs with the Allegro Orchestra of Lancaster and as a freelance violinist in the greater Lancaster area. Additionally, she has performed with the Lancaster Symphony, York Symphony, and Central PA Symphony. Melody has served on the violin faculty at the Csehy Summer School of Music since 2008.

Professionally, Mrs. Cliff is a member of the National Association for Music Education and the American String Teachers Association. Through ASTA, she was honored as the 2018 Outstanding Orchestra Director of the Year and in 2010 as Outstanding New String Teacher for the PA/DE chapter. She is the middle and high school orchestra director and string teacher in the Lower Dauphin School District in Hummelstown, PA, where she has taught for over 10 years.

Melody lives in downtown Lancaster with her husband, Bill, and their sons, Griffin and Gavin.