Title: Professor Emeritus of Music
Company: Southern Illinois University
Location: Walsenburg, Colorado, United States
George K. Mellott, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Music at Southern Illinois University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in music education.
With more than 40 years of professional experience, Dr. Mellott is an esteemed educator who has taught a plethora of students the intricacies of music for the duration of his career. Most recently serving as a principal clarinetist with the St. Louis Philharmonic Orchestra from 1964 to 1997, he spent the bulk of his career as a professor of music at Southern Illinois University for three decades until he reached emeritus status in 1994. Previously serving as an assistant professor of music at Cumberland College from 1963 to 1964, he commenced his career as a band director at Ramsey Community Schools from 1954 to 1955.
Dr. Mellott holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in education from Eastern Illinois University. He subsequently earned a Master of Fine Arts and Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Iowa. A member of Tau Kappa Epsilon, the Pi Kappa Lambda Music Society, and the Phi Mu Alpha Music Fraternity, he enlisted in the United States Air National Guard in 1960, climbing the ranks to lieutenant colonel and command pilot. He was stationed in Iowa, Tennessee and Illinois, where he flew fighter aircrafts.
A composer of various musical works, Dr. Mellott was a member of the St. Louis Ballet Orchestra for 15 years, where he played behind Rudolf Nureyev. In recognition of his exceptional achievements, he was named a Distinguished Performer Award by the department of music at Eastern Illinois University in 1978. Married with two children and three grandchildren, he enjoys fly fishing, skiing, hiking and traveling in his spare time. Notably, he has been included in several editions of Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in American Education.
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