Melanie Sehman is a percussionist living in Brooklyn, New York and specializing in contemporary music. She performs frequently as soloist, in chamber ensembles, and as one-half of the Proper Glue percussion duo. Recent performances include the premiere of Inuksuit by John Luther Adams, collaborative performances as part of a Banff Centre percussion residency under the direction of Steven Schick, and chamber ensemble performances with David Cossin at the Bang on a Can Summer Festival Marathon concert. She has worked closely with many composers including Julia Wolfe, John Luther Adams, Mark Applebaum, Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez, Robert Morris, Aaron Travers, Martin Scherzinger, David Plylar, Jacob Bancks and others.
Melanie received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Eastman School of Music where she was also awarded the prestigious Performer's Certificate. She completed her Master of Music degree at Arizona State University and Bachelor of Music degree at Central Washington University. Her primary teachers were John H. Beck, J.B. Smith, and Andrew Spencer. Melanie is currently Assistant Professor of Music at the City University of New York Queensborough Community College, where she teaches percussion, music theory and world music.