Marius Evangelista
a Filipino-American Tenor

Melody Versoza Biography

Melody Versoza   and Marius met while taking opera classes at Cal State Fullerton.

Their instructor, Michael Kurkjian, took an interest in the two, and began giving them private lessons outside of CSUF with the hope of developing some kind of program for minority singers.

Unfortunately, Michael died suddenly one day before any real program could be developed. Michael's close friend and associate, famed vocal coach Seth Riggs, then offered Marius and Melody lessons at a reduced rate, which they accepted.

It turns out that Melody's mother long ago in the Philippines took voice lessons from Marius' aunt Daisy (De Pano). It was Daisy who first gave Marius voice lessons here in the US. Yet Marius and Melody met by chance (or fate) at CSUF.

This Daisy connection gets even more interesting when you read the bio of Jubel Obien.

Melody   was born in Quezon City, Philippines. At the age of eight, she and her family moved to the US, settling in Orosi, California, a small farming community in the San Joaquin Valley.

Melody developed an interest in music as a career in high school where she received the Bank of America Award in Fine Arts. She went on to major in music at Biola University in La Mirada where she received her Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance, and graduated with the Outstanding Vocalist Award.

Melody continued on to Cal State Fullerton where she received her Master of Music degree. She competed in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in Los Angeles County and became a District Finalist.

Melody has been the primary vocalist for Rosanna Gamson World Wide -- a modern dance company based in Los Angeles -- since 1997. The group has toured throughout the US and Canada performing dance theater pieces to minimalistic opera music composed by Shane W. Cadman. Productions include "Grand Hope Flower" and "Lovesickness."

Melody is also a vocal instructor at Santa Ana College, Cerritos College and Union College of California. In addition, she is the soprano soloist for Laguna Presbyterian Church.

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