Melanie Hagen-Ching is excited to be directing the five choirs at Rancho Alamitos this year! Originally from Minnesota, Mrs. Hagen-Ching holds a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Missouri-Columbia, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and Creative Writing from Knox College (Galesburg, IL), and a teaching certificate in Vocal Music Education. Before joining the faculty at Rancho Alamitos, she was the choir director at Chaffey College in Rancho Cucamonga. She has also directed choirs and taught piano lessons in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Missouri. She and her husband Brian reside in Fullerton. They both enjoy singing, travel, laughing, and eating good food with friends!