Melinda Russial


Artist Teacher of Clarinet, Instructor of Musicianship, Music Business and Liberal Arts

B.M., Northwestern University (Clarinet Performance)
M.M., University of Minnesota (Clarinet Performance)
Additional Studies: Fort Lewis College (Bachelor’s Equivalent in Social Studies Education)

Melinda’s academic interests converge in the space between music and the liberal arts, and she enjoys incorporating the arts, travel, and experiential education into her teaching milieu. She has previously taught World Music and Culture at Fort Lewis College and Music and English at Monte del Sol Charter School in Santa Fe. She has also served as the Music Chair for the New Mexico School for the Arts, and worked in residence life at Interlochen Center for the Arts. She performs frequently on clarinet and bass clarinet with the New Mexico Philharmonic, the Santa Fe Symphony, Opera Southwest, and other regional orchestras and chamber ensembles. She is an active clinician, clarinet instructor, and woodwind mentor in the Santa Fe Public Schools, and is the founder and director of Wanderlust Edventures, a program dedicated to experiential education in global arts. As a member of the SFUAD faculty, Melinda especially enjoys the opportunity to explore world music performance with the department’s many talented students.