Dr. Melissa Kritzer has performed extensively with orchestras and chamber ensembles across the United States, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Columbus Symphony, and the Dayton Philharmonic. She has held positions with many orchestras, including principal positions with the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra and the Cincinnati Baroque, and second bassoon positions with symphony orchestras in Binghamton, New York, and Ann Arbor and Lansing, Michigan. As a soloist, she has performed with the Michigan State Philharmonic, the CCM Chamber Players, and has presented a lecture recital at the International Double Reed Society conference.
Since relocating to New York City, Melissa has performed with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, the United States Coast Guard Band, the Long Island Philharmonic, the Binghamton Philharmonic, the Tri-Cities Opera, the Harlem Chamber Players, The Chelsea Trio and New York Kammermusiker.
Melissa was awarded the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts from Michigan State University in 2011. She also holds degrees in bassoon performance from Northwestern University and the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Dr. Kritzer's major teachers include Michael Kroth, William Winstead, Robert Barris, and Darryl Durran.