Melanie Popejoy has been teaching vocal music to singers from grade school to university ages for over thirty years. She began her career in St. Louis. then moved to Waco, TX, and has been teaching middle school children in Grand Forks about music and life for the past thirteen years. Melanie has been “Teacher of the Year” in every school, city and state that she has lived in. She has been honored by the North Dakota Chamber of Commerce for her contributions to community betterment and is a recipient of the “Athena Award”, which recognizes individuals who have contributed to the enrichment of women in the community. She currently teaches vocal music at Valley Middle School in Grand Forks, in addition to giving private voice lessons in her home, and is also the founder and Artistic Director of the Grand Cities Children’s Choir. The Children’ Choir is celebrating its tenth year of teaching vocal excellence to students and annually averages 200 singers and 30 student mentors in grades 3-12. When Melanie isn’t teaching or giving lessons during the day, or directing the Children’s Choir on Thursday nights, she is taking her students to state and regional music conferences, many times at her own expense, in order to gain recognition for the outstanding performance efforts of her students. In the past two weeks alone, she has traveled with almost 100 students to Minneapolis and Milwaukee for student performance events. Often, in the evenings and on week-ends, you will see Melanie, and her husband Dr. James Popejoy (Director of Bands at UND), out in the community at other arts, athletic and academic events, to support her singers in some of the other activities that they are involved in, especially when she knows that there is little or no support coming from the students homes. Melanie and her husband Jim have no children of their own, except for their dog “Mozart”. I have worked with Melanie in the Grand Cities Children’s Choir for 10 years and often I will hear parents come to her, asking advice about a school or home problem with their child. Melanie will often say, “Well, I don’t have any children of my own. but if I were you I would…..” If you were to ask any one of the singers in any of Melanie’s Choirs, each and every one of them would be happy and proud to call her “mom”. When students are asked why they like singing in Melanie’s Choirs, they say that she encourages them to be better singers, gives them a safe and nurturing place to practice and perform, makes them feel that they are an integral part of the “choir community”, and helps them to feel that they are important to someone. In short, Melanie Popejoy is a “Beautiful Woman” who encourages children to do their very best, positively recognizes their efforts, and makes them feel that they are an important part of the community; all of which help to make them “Beautiful People”.