Melissa Howe is the former chair of the String Department. Her mission is to guide each student toward self-discovery and technical mastery. She is also actively engaged in the many faces of Berklee’s contemporary music scene, having recorded viola for a food opera, presented Berklee’s first Video Game String Quartet concert, and played concerts as diverse as the Beatles, White Album, a Harry Belafonte tribute, and the Brahms Clarinet Quintet. Howe trained at Oberlin Conservatory and Boston University. Beyond her role at the college, she performs with ensembles such as the Boston Ballet, the Boston Pops, and the Boston Landmarks Orchestra, as well as with contemporary artists such as Björk, Aerosmith, Ben Folds, Amanda Palmer, and Rascal Flatts.