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Mel Daneke

Hailing from Brooklyn, Mel Daneke is a contemporary performer, arranger, producer, and instructor. Mel graduated from Ithaca College in December of 2013 with a B.M. in Vocal Performance, minor in Audio Production, and also studied Music Education. While in college she performed in three of her own conceptual recitals and in the IC Opera Studio, Opera Workshops, IC Opera, Choral Ensembles, Percussion and Steel Band Ensemble, and smaller ensembles. She’s traveled to Germany performing in the International Performing Arts Institute to further her performance training. She's performed large choral works at Alice Tully Hall and Strathmore. After graduation, Mel auditioned and was accepting into the internationally renowned vocal band, Musae, as the group’s Vocal Percussionist. With Musae, she’s traveled extensively performing at festivals in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and all over the United States. Festivals performed at include Kettering Festival and NJ Highlands Festival. She will be performing at the Boston Sings Festival upcoming in April 2017. Under her artist name, Del Manks, she releases covers and original work. Her works and CARA-nominated production and performances have appeared on compilations like Sing, BOHSA, Voices Only, and Voices Only Forte.Mel’s passion for music continues through teaching and sharing her musical knowledge. With an extensive knowledge of vocal techniques and pedagogy, she specializes in in-studio coaching and masterclasses. Her workshops (“Exploring the Voice”, “Vocal Percussion”, “The Prism Effect”) and masterclasses have been featured at Boston Sings Festival, SoJam A Cappella Festival, Kettering A Cappella Festival, UK Voices Festival, New Jersey A Cappella Festival, and the National A Cappella Convention.