Melissa Krause is professor of music at St. Cloud State University, where she has taught Applied Flute and various courses in theory, composition and musicianship since 1996. She holds degrees in theory and composition from Florida State University (D.M. 1996), the University of MN-Twin Cities (M.M. 1993) and the University of WI-Eau Claire (B.M. 1991) and received additional composition coaching at the Czech-American Summer Music Institute (CASMI).

Krause is an award-winning composer of chamber, orchestral and wind band music that has been performed throughout the United States and parts of Europe. Her music has been described as “unique, challenging and enjoyable to listen to” (Central MN Arts Board) and audiences have responded to its sensual lyricism and rhythmic drive. Krause has been commissioned by several ensembles, including the UW-Eau Claire Wind Ensemble, the Hopkins Westwind Concert Band, Trio Lorca, and the NorthWind Trio. Her works have been performed in esteemed venues such as the Dvorak Museum in the Czech Republic, the Florida State University Festival of New Music, the International Double Reed Society annual conference, and the National Flute Association annual convention.

An accomplished flutist, Krause performs frequently as soloist and chamber musician. From 2001-2015 she was highly active with SCSU faculty chamber ensemble, Trio Lorca, whose successes include a performance at Carnegie Hall as part of the 2012 Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY) concert series, and an appearance on Fargo Public Television for their Prairie Musicians series. She also performs piccolo, flute and alto flute with the St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra and was a member of the 2007 and 2011 Professional Flute Choir of the NFA. She studied flute with Immanuel Davis, Charles DeLaney, and Elaine Eagle, and performed in master classes for Tadeu Coelho and Julius Baker.

Krause has presented at numerous conferences on performance and the pedagogy of theory and musicianship. She co-authored a workbook for the Musicianship courses at St. Cloud State University.