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Meet Melody Choplin, a highly trained repair technician of wind and brass instruments with nearly thirty years of experience in the professional craft. Melody is a 1991 graduate of Red Wing Technical College and also holds a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Oboe She has worked in the past as a technician and shop foreman for Pearson Music Company and Duncan Music Company. She is well known throughout North Carolina as a highly skilled technician in both woodwinds and brasses. Melody was the first repair specialist and instructor at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and held that position for over a decade. While she was there, she developed a comprehensive repair curriculum for band and orchestra directors. Her classes and clinics on instrument repair are designed to help music directors deal with day to day repair problems as well as maintenance, troubleshooting, and how to work with repair technicians. She also worked with students as apprentices, and help launch their careers in the field of repair. In 2013, she published a book on repair called “Stuff Band Directors Need to Know” which is used as a text book as well as a resource for music educators. Melody is the current director for Region two of NAPBIRT (National Association of Band Instrument Repair Technicians) of which she is a long time member and clinician. She is an active performer in the community, playing with several groups and continues to study, improving and adding to her skill set of repair. She lives with her husband and a rescue mutt or two.
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