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Writing

Melissa Morelli Lacroix’s writing has appeared in Canadian, American and British print and on-line publications, and been produced on CBC Radio and Edmonton stages. Her first book of poetry, A Most Beautiful Deception, was published in 2014 and has been adapted for the stage.

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Teaching

Melissa Morelli Lacroix facilitates creative writing programmes and story circles for seniors, leads children’s writing workshops and teaches university-level creative writing classes.  She is a writing coach, mentor and speaker.

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Piano

Melissa Morelli Lacroix studied piano pedagogy through the Royal Conservatory of Music of Toronto and music education at the Campus Saint Jean in Edmonton.  She has been a private music instructor since 1993. She specialises in beginner and elementary piano education and offers lessons in English and French.  

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A Most Beautiful Deception – A Poetic-Musical

Début at the 2015 Edmonton International Fringe Festival

Starring Melissa Morelli Lacroix, Mireille Rijavec (voice) and Dessislava Gavrailova (piano); directed by Caroline Howarth.

"All these kids came to me with eager fingers and big eyes, and I'd help them connect the dots on the page to notes on the piano. To sounds. To melodies."

“All these kids came to me with eager fingers and big eyes, and I’d help them connect the dots on the page to notes on the piano. To sounds. To melodies.”

Deceptive Cadence Players, Mireille Rijavec, Melissa Morelli Lacroix, Dessislava Gavrailova

The Deceptive Cadence Players

 


People compose for many reasons . . . discover them with The Artist and her Muses at the piano and through the human voice in this exploration of overcoming failure and finding a new artistic self.

Based on Melissa Morelli Lacroix’s successful first book of poetry,  A Most Beautiful Deception, this poetic-musical weaves together the stories and music of Schumann, Chopin and Debussy.  This will feed your mind and soul.

Review:

 

“Kudos to the trio of performers in A Most Beautiful Deception for managing to maintain a mood at the Academy at King Edward despite a noisy fan and ambient sounds coming form light fixtures.

“It was especially impressive given what they were aiming for in a 50-minute performance tying together the lives of Robert and Clara Schumann, Chopin and George Sand, with plenty of ruminations on the nature of art and composing.

“The tone is unabashed and dramatic High Art, poetic ruminations and declarations, with author Melissa Lacroix delivering from […] her own book of poetry, which shares the same name as the play.  These monologues are broken up by gorgeous arias (pieces by Chopin, Debussy, both Schumanns) sung by mezzo-soprano Mireille Rijavec, with artful accompaniment by pianist Dessislava Gavrailova, both acting as muses to Lacroix’s pronouncements.”

Tom Murray, Edmonton Journal

 

“L’âme évaporée et souffrante, L’âme douce, l’âme odorante . . .”

“L’âme évaporée et souffrante,
L’âme douce, l’âme odorante . . .”

A Most Beautiful Deception

 A Most Beautiful Deception

 

 

 

From the Cover

Front Flap: Melissa Morelli Lacroix explores the love and longing, loss and pain, grief and healing found in the music of Frédéric Chopin, Clara Schumann, and Claude Debussy in a series of poetic cycles that respond to each composer’s work. Lacroix writes with her ear finely tuned to the music of death and decay, to the harmonies and discords of music, nature, and human desire. Always, in A Most Beautiful Deception, we find the chords of love and devotion being torn apart by the deterioration of the body. Lacroix uses her research into the composers’ lives to add layers and nuance, thus creating a complex triangle between the reader, the music, and the poet. Woven almost imperceptibly into these accounts of three composers and their respective fights against the degeneration of the body and the mind, lies the thread of the poet’s own relationships and loss.

Back Cover:
Chopin floats from the radio
a melodic fragrance for you pulsating with every breath
of your machine
 
it’s beautiful this deception of harmony
of nature and science
of flowers that release their scent
with the voices of fairies
sighing under silver bells
 
to die this way
you whisper
is welcomed
— from “Thou Art So Like a Flower”

Reviews

“The wonder of Melissa’s poetry is that so many narratives reaped from obscurity and antiquity can be so moving to a contemporary audience. You don’t need to be an art historian or a music scholar to appreciate this work. You just need to love poetry.”    David Carpenter, Writer & Editor

“A Most Beautiful Deception indeed, to write poetry of this calibre is always a deception of sorts. The tapestry of misdirection. It’s the same with the best magicians.”     Michael Dennis, Poet & Reviewer

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Meet Melissa

Melissa Morelli Lacroix was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada in the fall of 1975.  She was raised in nearby Viscount surrounded by fields and family.  It is this –  the prairie landscape and her Euro-Canadian roots – that informs most of her work. 

French-Canadian on her mother’s side, Melissa was raised with a sense of cultural pride but not the French language.  However, with study and time, Melissa was able to reclaim the language.

She now lives and works in French.  Equally proud of her paternal heritage, Melissa has studied Italian as well, but she needs to spend more time in Italy (or at the opera) in order to become fluent. 

Melissa is also part Irish (and not just on St. Patrick’s Day) – she is a direct descendant of Captain Richard Robert Crowe, of County Galway, who fought against her French-Canadian ancestors at the Plains of Abraham.  Ah, the two solitudes within herself!

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Writing

Melissa studied creative writing at the University of Alberta.  She earned a Combined Honors Bachelor of Arts degree in French and Creative Writing and a Certificate in Translation Studies in 2005.  In 2008, she was awarded a Master of Arts in Creative Writing with Distinction from Lancaster University.

Melissa writes in a wide array of genres.  Her work has been published in Canada, England and the U.S.  

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Teaching

Melissa began offering writing programmes and story circles to seniors in 2009. She also leads children’s writing workshops in both English and French.  Melissa has guest-lectured at several universities, mentored and coached other writers, and spoken at creative and academic conferences.  She will be joining the teaching staff of The King’s University in January 2015 as the instructor of English 391 – Creative Writing: Short Story and Poetry.

Writing Groups  for Seniors

Melissa’s writing groups are sometimes thought of as a « Story Circle, » for they are open to anyone who wants to listen to or share a story, whether or not he or she is physically able to write

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Lectures & Presentations

Melissa has guest lectured  at the Universities of Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia Okanagan on a variety of topics including the creative process, ekphrasis, and the dramatics of poetry.

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University Teaching

Melissa taught creative writing at The King’s University in Edmonton in 2015. 

English 391 – Creative Writing: Short Story and Poetry

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Piano

Melissa Morelli Lacroix studied piano pedagogy through the Royal Conservatory of Music of Toronto and music education at the Campus Saint Jean in Edmonton.  She has been a private music instructor since 1993. She specialises in beginner and elementary piano education and offers lessons in English and French.

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