Melinda Fradley just finished her 25th year as a music educator for Volusia County Schools, having received a BME and MEL from Stetson University. She has been the choral director at DeLand High School for the past 11 years, growing the program from 50 students to now 250 students. Daily, she conducted 8 ensembles which received state recognition for being superior level choirs. The beginning of her career was spent teaching music in the elementary schools in Volusia County. One of her greatest joys was the 10 years she spent conducting the Apprentice Choir with the Stetson University Children’s Choir alongside Dr. Ann Small.
Fradley has participated in post-graduate studies with Dr. Duncan Couch, and Dr. Andrew Larson, in both choral conducting and choral history as well as working with Dr. Rodney Eichenberger, Charles Bruffy and Dr. James Jordan during their summer workshops. Under her direction, the DeLand High Chorus has been invited to sing for the 2010 Florida State School Board Association Conference. In 2014, her Chamber Women had the honor of performing for President Sirleaf of Liberia, and in 2015, Fradley and her choirs traveled to New York to perform in Carnegie Hall under the direction of Dr. Andre Thomas. Her Concert Choir was chosen to perform at the 2017 Florida ACDA state conference. Most recently, Fradley was a guest professor for City of Beijing University, teaching a choral methods class in Professor Lingfen Wu’s workshop.
As an active member of NAfME and ACDA, she has served as Florida ACDA High School Honors Chair, and is an adjudicator for FVA. Fradley is currently a member and president of the professional choir, The Festival Singers of Florida, and served as the All-County Choir Chair for Volusia County for the past 8 years. She has been named Teacher of the Year twice; 1999, McInnis Elementary and 2014, DeLand High School. Melinda is a mother of two sons, Hagen and Dale, and she enjoys “porch time” with friends, reading and traveling the world.