Melissa Coppola

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Doctor of Musical Arts
Piano Performance and Pedagogy

Melissa Coppola leads a versatile career as a soloist, collaborative pianist, recording artist, as well as frontwoman and drummer of the rock duo, Junglefowl. She is a recipient of multiple awards for her interdisciplinary concert series [perspective], that re-envisions the traditional piano recital as an immersive multi-sensory experience. Coppola is also a co-founder and former executive director of Girls Rock Detroit, a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering creative expression, positive self-esteem, and community awareness for girls, gender-expansive, and transgender youth through music education and performance. She worked as a program assistant for the SMTD EXCEL Lab from 2017 to 2021, serving as a co-host on the EXCELcast series, mentoring students, and supporting programming such as the Young Creatives Book Club, Progressive Programming Open Lab series, and EXCEL Career Expo.


Rackham Predoctoral Research Fellowship 2020
Presser Graduate Music Award 2018
Gottlieb Variations Prize 2018
EXCEL Enterprise Fund Recipient 2018
EXCEL Prize 2016