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. Melissa has registered training in Suzuki books 1-4 with Susan Kempter and attends Mark O’Connor’s fiddle camp each summer. Tatreau was in the first teacher certification class of the Mark O’Connor Violin Method, books 1 and 2, in New York City in the summer of 2009. Tatreau also has her 200 RYT in yoga and teaches five classes per week.
Tatreau is a full time Artist Faculty member at the Omaha Conservatory of Music. She was the assistant director of OCM’s summer institute in 2008. Tatreau is also a regular coach for the Omaha Area Youth Orchestras and has taught strings classes part-time for Millard Public Schools. She is a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas, the American String Teachers’ Association and the Omaha Musicians’ Union.
As a professional musician, Tatreau has played with Mary J. Blige, Bobby Vinton, Frank Sinatra Jr., Rod Stewart, Josh Groban, Pam Tillis, The Lettermen, Michael W.Smith, Mannheim Steamroller and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Tatreau is a founding member and manager of the Mahr String Quartet and has played with the Omaha, Lincoln, Sioux City and Tulsa Symphonies. Tatreau has also toured China and the USA with the Mantovani Orchestra. Most recently, she performed the Salute to Vienna New Year’s 2010 concerts in Southern Florida and played with the Broadway shows Little House on the Prairie and Westside Story.