Melvin, who died Feb. 19 at his home in Birmingham, Ala., served as the artistic director of the Augusta Choral Society from 1991 to 1999, joining a short list of musicians who have guided the choral society through 56 seasons.
He will be remembered as a musician's musician, someone who touched and profoundly impacted the lives of many singers and instrumentalists in the Augusta area and beyond. Whether Melvin was sharing his beautiful tenor voice at a wedding, funeral or musical performance - or was on the podium conducting a major choral work - his passion for making music was evident to all. Some of our greatest memories are of his conducting stirring performances of Brahms' Requiem, Verdi's Requiem, Rossini's Stabat Mater and Handel's Messiah.
Our condolences go out to Sandra and Noel, Melvin's wife and son. We go forward with the knowledge that Melvin's voice is not silenced, but has joined a heavenly choir who have received him with open arms.
Carolyn Dolen, Augusta
(Editor's note: The writer is executive director of the Augusta Choral Society.)