Melinda O’Neill is currently in her 20th year as a music educator for Volusia County Schools, having received a B.M.E. and an M.E.L from Stetson University. She has been the choral director at DeLand High School for the past 8 years, growing the program from 50 students to now 250 students. Daily, she conducts 8 ensembles which continue to receive state recognition for being superior level choirs. The beginning of her career was spent teaching music in the elementary schools in Volusia County. One of her greatest joys was the 10 years she spent conducting the Apprentice Choir with the Stetson University Children’s Choir alongside Dr. Ann Small.
O’Neill has participated in post-graduate studies with Dr. Duncan Couch, and Dr. Andrew Larson, in both choral conducting and choral history. Under her direction, the DeLand High Chorus has been invited to sing for the 2010 Florida State School Board Association Conference, and were guest performers for the African American Museum of Arts. In 2014, her Chamber Women had the honor of performing for President Sirleaf of Liberia, and in 2015, O’Neill and her choirs traveled to New York to perform in Carnegie Hall under the direction of Dr. Andre Thomas.
As an active member of FVA and ACDA, she is serving as ACDA High School Honors Chair, and is an adjudicator for FVA Solo and Ensemble. O’Neill is currently a member of the professional choir, The Festival Singers of Florida, and served as the All-County Chair for Volusia County for the past 8 years. She has been named Teacher of the Year twice; 1999, McInnis Elementary and 2014, DeLand High School.