Melissa Goodchild

Melissa Goodchild
Music Performance Instructor

BMus (U of Windsor), Artist Diploma (Western), MMus (Western)

Area of expertise


Areas of research and creative activity

Canadian Music

Courses taught at UVic

  • Mus 140-540
  • Mus 245-545 Individual tuition (clarinet)
  • Chamber Music

Brief Biography 

Melissa performs music for solo clarinet, bass clarinet, chamber groups, and music for large ensembles. In addition to teaching at the University of Victoria she is on the faculty of the Victoria Conservatory of Music and enjoys teaching students in private as well as group settings including chamber music, clinics for schools, and adjudicating for music festivals across Canada. 

She received her Bachelor of Music from the University of Windsor and also studied at Western University where she earned her Artist Diploma in Clarinet Performance and Master of Music in Performance and Literature. After completing her studies in London, Ontario in 2008 she moved to Edmonton, Alberta where she taught at the Alberta College Conservatory of Music. 

In 2012 she moved to Saskatoon Saskatchewan where she held the position of Second Clarinet with the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra until May 2018. While in Saskatchewan Melissa collaborated with percussionist Kevin Grady, and together they continue to perform repertoire including contemporary works with a special interest in, but not limited to, Canadian compositions. Goodchild Grady Duo were artists-in-residence for the Prairie Wind & Silver Sage museum in Val Marie, Saskatchewan and at the Banff Centre for the Arts winter residency in 2018. In July 2018 the Duo performed at ClarinetFest in Ostend, Belgium. In Saskatoon she performed in the Strata New Music Festival, was a featured soloist with the Saskatoon Serenade, the Saskatoon Concert Band, and the clarinet choir Reedy, Set, Go!