Smith Memorial Concert-Chelsea and Paul Melcher

Internationally acclaimed opera singer Chelsea Melcher is a native of Coldwater, Michigan and has been described as “coolly captivating” and “a woman to be reckoned with” onstage.

Chelsea has performed Verdi’s Requiem and Strauss’ Vier Letzte Lieder, the Messiah, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, and Mahler’s Second Symphony. Melcher’s performing includes collaboration with Opera Columbus, Opera Seabrook, Opera Project Columbus, Bay View Music Festival, New Albany Symphony Orchestra, Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra, Columbus Symphony, Ohio Light Opera, Midland Symphony, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, Amherst Symphony, Central Michigan Orchestra, and The Ohio State University Orchestra.

Internationally acclaimed composer and pianist Paul Melcher has performed in concert halls around the world. Featured on CBS “Christmas in Norway”, Paul has toured with the St. Olaf Choir where he performed for Queen Sonja Haraldsen of Norway and worked closely with the renowned Anton Armstrong. Paul’s award winning compositions have world premiered in the Midwest and featured in RED Chapel Concert series programs. Paul has served as music director for various opera company programs and accompanied professional singers and choirs including Opera Columbus, Opera Project Columbus, Bay View Music Festival, Encore Theater, Refectory Dinner Music Series, Grand Rapids Ballet, BalletMet of Columbus, and more.

Chelsea is the founder of Vocal Career Academy and Nerves Be Gone Academy. Together, Chelsea and Paul have co-founded RED School of Music with professional teachers and unlimited performance opportunities.

The concert organized by Diane Smith Pridgeon and her sister Susanne Smith Wise honors the memories of their family Ruth, Robert, Douglas and Dean Smith. The benefit concert began as a way to celebrate the lives of Robert, Douglas and Dean Smith. “Many years ago, our lives were changed when our father and two brothers died in a small plane crash. The farming community organized a day to harvest our fields. Life went on because of family, faith and friends,” Pridgeon explained. “This musical celebration is a way for us to give back to the community that loved us back to life…”

Proceeds from the concert this year will go to the choir programs at Coldwater High School, Reading High School, Bronson High School, Pansophia Academy, and Union City High School. Over the years, different non-profits have benefited from this event, including Habitat for Humanity, the local food pantry and health clinic, Hospice, Family Promise, and others.