Paul Melcher

Paul Melcher

Paul Melcher grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan and holds a Bachelor of Music degree from St. Olaf College in Piano Performance as well as an Master of Music degree from Central Michigan University in Piano Performance. With the St. Olaf Choir, he performed all over the United States and in Norway and has played in prestigious halls such as DeVos Hall, Heinz Hall, Severance Hall and Carnegie Hall.

In 2003, Paul was the First Place Winner of the Grand Rapids Youth Symphony Piano Concerto Competition and performed Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in DeVos Hall. In 2005, Paul was awarded first prize for the Schubert Club Competition of Minnesota. In 2007 and 2009 Paul was the concerto competition winner both at St. Olaf College and Central Michigan University playing Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor and Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-flat Major. Under the direction of Anton Armstrong, Paul’s playing was featured in the St. Olaf Choir production of “A Christmas in Norway” aired on PBS from 2005 through Christmas 2013.

Paul has been active in the "Opera on the Edge" productions of Opera Columbus since 2012.

Paul is currently the Director of Music at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church where he is the Church Organist, Pianist, Cantor and Choir Director. There Paul is the visionary for the yearlong concert series called "Music on the Hill." Between July, 2013 and May, 2017 Music on the Hill hosted concerts which included professional and pre-professional musicians. Paul has brought in talent from major Conservatories such as Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Cleveland Institute, New England Conservatory, Jacobs School of Music, Belgrade Conservatory, Oparto Conservatory of Music, Tanglewood Music Center and Ohio State University. Paul and his wife, Chelsea own RED Music School in Marysville, OH and teach piano and voice to students of all ages.