Melissa Tatreau Holtmeier has a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and a Master’s Degree in Violin Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She studied pedagogy with Darcy Drexler through the Wisconsin String Academy. She has studied violin with Dr. Paul Todd, Dr. Laura Kobayashi, Ms. Anne Nagosky and Dr. Myron Kartman. Tatreau has registered training in Suzuki books 1-4 with Susan Kempter and has attended Mark O’Connor’s fiddle camps in San Diego and New York City. She was in the very first teacher certification class of the Mark O’Connor Violin Method, books 1 and 2, in 2009.
Since 2004, Tatreau has been a full time Artist-Faculty member at the Omaha Conservatory of Music (OCM) and serves as the String Department Chair. Tatreau has her 200 RYT in yoga and in addition to teaching at the OCM summer institute, she has presented “Yoga for Musicians” at the American String Teachers’ Association national conventions in Louisville (2014), Tampa (2016 and Atlanta (2018). Tatreau teaches Music Appreciation at Phoenix Academy in Omaha and is a coach for the Omaha Area Youth Orchestras. She is a member of the American String Teachers’ Association, Music Teachers National Association and the Omaha Musicians’ Union.
As a performing artist on both violin and viola, Tatreau has played with Mary J. Blige, Bobby Vinton, Frank Sinatra Jr., Rod Stewart, Josh Groban, Pam Tillis, The Lettermen, Michael W. Smith, Johnny Mathis, Michael Buble, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Mannheim Steamroller (she's on their PBS special: 30/40). Tatreau is a founding member and manager of the Mahr String Quartet. In her years of experience playing with the Omaha and Lincoln Symphonies, Tatreau has has the opportunity to play both great works and accompany violinists Itzhak Perlman, Joshua Bell, Philippe Quint, Sarah Chang and Midori. Tatreau has also toured China and the USA with the Mantovani Orchestra. She performed the Salute to Vienna New Year’s 2010 concerts in Southern Florida and has been seen in the Orpheum pit as a local with the Broadway shows: Little House on the Prairie, Westside Story, The Lion King, The Book of Mormon, Kinky Boots, Newsies, Cinderella, Phantom, Something Rotten, The Sound of Music, The Little Mermaid (2017) and The King and I (2018).
In her free time, Melissa likes to hang out with her photographer Husband, Chris Holtmeier, their Kindergartener, Ella, and their Siberian cat, Sergei. (Reading, yoga, naps and coffee are nice, too!)