Melanie Henry serves as the Conservatory’s double reed instructor. Throughout her music performance career, she was acknowledged for her exceptional musicianship by receiving 6 appointments as a member of the Okaloosa All-County Band and 5 selections as a member of the Florida All-State Band.
She began performing professionally with the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra at 13 years of age. While attending the University of Southern Mississippi, Ms. Henry served as principal oboist in the USM Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra and played various instruments in the Pride of Southern Mississippi Marching band.
In addition to obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies, Southern Miss assisted Ms. Henry in the expansion of her professional resume by facilitating membership in the Meridian Symphony, Mississippi Symphony, Mobile Symphony and Pensacola Symphony Orchestras. Performances with renowned musicians such as Yo-Yo Ma, Ray Charles, Placido Domingo, Allan Feinberg and the Italian Army Band amongst many others has indubitably provided her with unequivocal lifetime experiences. She is both honored and excited for the opportunity to share her passion for performance and musicianship with others.
Melanie James- Henry is a behavioral health professional specializing in underserved populations. In addition to helping others grow their gift, she serves as Program Director for the Fort Walton Beach, FL location of Pyramid Inc., a fine and performing arts school for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
As a native of Florida’s Emerald Coast, she currently resides in Crestview, FL with her husband and 5 children. Ms. Henry attended Pryor Middle School and is an honor graduate of Choctawhatchee High School where she was actively involved in extracurricular programs to include academic honors clubs, service organizations, and the infamous Choctawhatchee Style Marchers. Her participation in the instrumental music programs of Okaloosa County developed her skills as an accomplished oboist and supported her development of analytic reasoning, creativity and work ethic.
Ms. Henry is dedicated to the enrichment of the music community in and around Fort Walton Beach. She is currently accepting students in which to perform at their next level!