Melody Zentner graduated from Ithaca College School of Music, Ithaca NY, with a Bachelor of Music Degree and received her permanent certification in Music Education through Crane School of Music, Potsdam, N.Y. Prior to college she studied voice with Evelyn Hertzman-Klepinger and continued studying with her after graduating from Ithaca College. While at Ithaca, Mrs. Zentner studied with Dr. Leslie Bennett. She was Soprano soloist for the Saratoga-Potsdam Choral Institute, has sung leading roles and directed several musicals, performed in many recitals, and directed All-county Choirs in New York State.
She taught in the New York State Public School System for twenty years, regularly receiving the highest ratings in State Festivals and competitions with her choral groups and private students. In addition to teaching and performing, she was a NYSSMA All-State adjudicator, Director of the South Jefferson Community Choir, Church Choir Director, operated a private voice studio and raised two daughters.
In 1999, Mrs Zentner, her husband Jeff, and daughters Morgan and Jessica, moved to Durham where she teaches vocal music at Durham Academy Middle School and works with Senior voices through OLLI. Recently the OLLI New Horizon chorus combined with the Durham Academy 8th grade chorus to present a concert. She believes it is important to share your talent no matter what your age. She continues to strengthen her skills by studying voice therapy with the McClousky Institute of Voice, attend Kodaly, chorale and conducting workshops.
Jon Latané is a freelance pianist and collaborative artist in the Triangle area. Jon is a UNC graduate and has performed with UNC Opera, Long Leaf Opera, and with many bands in the Triangle. He has also served as music director for summer seasons at The Prizery of South Boston, VA, including productions of Godspell, The Marvelous Wonderettes, and of Amahl and the Night Visitors. As an accompanist, he has worked with the Community Choir Project and with many UNC students for recitals, juries and competitions.