Hartnell welcomes vocal artist and activist Melanie DeMore

Publish Date: 
Mar 8, 2018

Hartnell College welcomes Vocal Artist Melanie DeMore


SALINAS, Calif. – The Hartnell Community College District welcomes vocal artist and activist Melanie DeMore for a musical concert on International Women’s Day at Hartnell College, 411 Central Ave., Salinas, on Thursday, March 8, 2018, for two unique performances:

  • Singing and Stick Pounding Workshop at 1:00 p.m. - Studio Theater (K-116)
  • Community Sing at 7:00 p.m. - Mainstage (K-104)

These special engagement opportunities are free for students, staff, and the community at large.  DeMore comes to Hartnell thanks to co-sponsorship from the Associated Students of Hartnell College and the Hartnell College EEO/Diversity Committee.  This event will educate and delight participants.

“I was at Melanie DeMore’s performance at Hartnell last year,” shared Hartnell’s Associate VP of Human Resources, Terri Pyer. “I was moved by her uniquely beautiful and powerful voice, and the way she got the audience to connect with the sounds, movements, and traditions embodied in her music.  She creates a wholly spiritual experience that will make you want to smile at strangers!”

Singer-songwriter Melanie DeMore has a remarkable voice, weaving the fibers of African American folk music with soulful ballads, spirituals and her own original music. She beautifully brings her audience together through her music and commentary. She has toured extensively, singing at festivals, universities, in coffee houses, and concert halls.

In addition to her solo work, DeMore facilitates vocal workshops for professional and community-based choral groups and has taught her program called “Sound Awareness” in schools, prisons, and youth organizations in the US, Canada, Cuba and New Zealand.

Hartnell Community College District – established in 1920

The Hartnell CCD serves over 17,000 students annually through its main campus in Salinas, the Alisal Campus in East Salinas, the King City Education Center, and various outreach learning centers throughout the Salinas Valley. Hartnell College, a Hispanic Serving Institution, provides associate degree and certificate programs, workforce-training, courses in basic skills, and prepares students for transfer to four-year colleges and universities. Hartnell College is recognized for its innovative public and private partnerships that support world-class education for STEM, career technical education, fine and performing arts, humanities/social sciences, nursing/healthcare, and athletics. We are proud to be the winners of the 2015 Innovation Award for CSin3 – a Computer Science bachelor’s degree in three years.  We are growing leaders through opportunity, engagement, and achievement. For more about Hartnell CCD, visit www.hartnell.edu.