Jeana Melilli is the Principal Flute of the Savannah Philharmonic, as well as 3rd Flute/Piccolo for the Columbus (GA) Symphony, South Carolina Philharmonic, and Greenville Symphony and 2nd Flute in the Coastal Symphony of Georgia. She is a founding member of the Vista Ensemble in Columbia and Savannah Baroque where she plays traverso. In demand as an extra musician, Jeana has appeared with the Atlanta Symphony, Atlanta Opera, Jacksonville Symphony, Charleston Symphony, and many others. Her flute students have had great success in District Honor Band and All-State in Georgia, and a few have gone on to music majors in colleges throughout the southeast. Jeana has also taught masterclasses and Baroque flute workshops at Furman University, Agnes Scott College, Georgia Southern, the University of South Carolina, the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and the Judy Lapple Summer Woodwind Camp. Jeana is also the Education Coordinator for the Savannah Philharmonic and enjoys writing study guides for classrooms, creating presentations on orchestral music presented to Coastal Georgia students in open rehearsal during the SPO's masterworks weeks, as well as coordinating sectionals and in-school performances at local schools.
Committing your time and energy to private lessons are the best way to get the most fun out of playing an instrument. “Play” is the operative word for me in my approach to teaching. However, in order to accomplish this level of enjoyment, I expect regular attendance at lessons, attentiveness during the lesson, and application of concepts discussed in each lesson during the student’s regular practice time so that the next lesson builds on the last. Much time is spent on sound production and good posture to avoid pain and encourage good habits. From the sound comes everything else—good technique, ease of playing melodies and technical passages, and a positive feedback loop to encourage the student to continue practicing. Scales, etudes, and solo pieces are expected, and each decision will be made mutually between the student and myself.