Melanie Carruthers


Melanie Carruthers

Music Theory, Piano, Singing

Musical Theater, Classical


Melanie is the Musical Director for Nelson Youth Theatre Company since 2008 and member of cathedral choir since 2007. Melanie has been directing the cathedral choir since 2017. Melanie has kept up professional development through many courses in Voice and Musical Theater from Baroque music at Cambridge University, Musical Theater Summer School at the Scottish Royal Conservatoire of Music to Broadway Dreams in Auckland. Melanie has sung at cathedrals and churches around the world such as Westminster Abbey an achieved Gold Medal for Voice through the Royal School of Church Music in 2012. To supplement the humanity side of her teaching Melanie completed her bachelor in social work in 2018. To supplement the Christian aspects of teaching cathedral choirs Melanie is currently working on a grad.dip in theology.

Skills and expertise

Melanie focuses on the fun of growing increasingly confident in singing lessons and beginner piano. She also enjoys teaching students to read and appreciate the theory and aural aspect of music as well as the practical aspects.

Her students have gone on to gain more confidence in their own abilities not just in singing or music but in life and self belief. Though not the focus, students have gone onto win lead roles in shows and gain excellent results in exams. Melanie has an excellent rapport with children and youth and works mostly with those 5-25 but is happy to take on adult students too.