Melissa D’Albora’s music addresses mental health and political discourse, ranging from gun violence to women’s rights. Respire (2020) for flute and guitar is a reflection searching for inner peace. The piece received the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant and was premiered by Duo Sequenza in 2021. A Fantasy (2019), commissioned by GRAMMY®-Award winning Seraphic Fire, addresses the expectations women face in society. South Florida Classical described her work as “an exploration of spatial harmonics that evidenced a sure command of writing for the voice.” D’albora’s works have been performed throughout North America by community ensembles like the East Central Indiana Community Orchestra and professional artists like Claire Grellier and Seraphic Fire. 

D’Albora holds two Bachelor of Music degrees in viola performance and composition from the University of Connecticut. She received her Master of Music Composition and Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. Her composition mentors have been Dorothy Hindman, Kenneth Fuchs, and Charles Mason. In addition to composing, D’Albora currently serves as Millennium Composers Initiative’s EID Assistant Director.