Catharine Melhorn

Catharine Melhorn

At-Large

cmelhorn@mtholyoke.edu

Bio

Since retiring in 2006 after 36 years as Choral Director at Mount Holyoke College, Catharine Melhorn has been conducting a community children’s chorus in South Hadley. She has led Mount Holyoke undergraduate and alumnae choirs on tours to China, South America, eastern and central Europe, England and Wales, Costa Rica, and throughout the US and Canada. Combining with collegiate men’s choruses including Harvard, WPI, Cornell, and UVA, she has conducted numerous choral masterworks with orchestra. Her choirs have performed at three ACDA Eastern Division conventions, she has served as Massachusetts R&S Chair for Women’s Choruses, and she has led several ACDA roundtables, repertory and interest sessions. A graduate of Smith College, she holds an MA in musicology from UC Berkeley and a DMA in choral music with a minor in viola from the University of Illinois. She began her conducting career at Lexington High School, and also taught HS and middle school in suburban New Haven. She lives in western Mass (Leverett) with husband Professor John Lemly, is mother to operatic baritone David McFerrin and MGH resident physician Diana Lemly, and mother-in-law to Boston choral conductor Jamie Kirsch.