A native of Stafford, Virginia, Composer Melika M. Fitzhugh (A.B. Harvard-Radcliffe, M.M. Longy School of Music of Bard College) studied conducting and composition with Thomas G. Everett, Beverly Taylor, James Yannatos, Roger Marsh, Jeff Stadelman, and, most recently, John Howell Morrison. Mel's compositions have been performed internationally by the PHACE Ensemble, Quarteto Larianna, the Brouwer Trio, Radcliffe Choral Society, Berit Strong, John Tyson, Miyuki Tsurutani, and Aldo Abreu. The artist, who has composed music for film and stage, is currently a member of world & early music ensembles Urban Myth, Balkan Fields, and the Quilisma Consort.