Born on this immense landscape on April 19, 1995, in Huntsville, ON, Canada, Morgan-Paige Melbourne (she/they), an interdisciplinary artist, was raised in a household of professional touring musicians. This tiny tot and the piano became inseparable at age 3; her musical journey began with studies through the Music for Young Children program. Moving to Guelph with her family at age 5, she continued her piano studies: first in Suzuki, then graduated to the Conservatory music program. When she was 7 years old, Morgan held her first solo recital for family and friends. By the age of 11, she performed on the local radio station Magic 106.1 FM for a Christmas special at the Guelph Youth Music Centre.
Morgan-Paige obtained Associate and Licentiate diplomas in Piano Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music. She has competed and won numerous classes in the Kiwanis Music Festivals of Guelph, Stratford, North York, Toronto, and Ottawa, receiving top awards (including the Miriam Russell Trophy in Stratford in 2013, and the Trophy donated by Pupils of Sybil Pink Grobba in Ottawa in 2015) - and performed at the highlights of the festival concerts in Stratford and Guelph. Morgan-Paige is also a four-time provincial finalist (OMFA – Ontario Music Festival Association), placing in the top 6 in 2013 in her category for Diploma level piano. In 2017, she was awarded third place in Canada for her achievements during the nation-wide Canadian Music Competition in the Under-23 Piano category.
In May 2010, Morgan performed in Nassau, Bahamas, at her mother's former high school, Government High School, showcasing the influence of music in life. She also performed in London, Toronto, and Brampton, for Black History Month events (Morgan-Paige was also featured on the blog “AfriClassical” written by William J. Zick, a website on African heritage in Classical music). Other moments that were truly influential and dear to her heart was the experience she garnered from performing and working with the Guelph Symphony Orchestra as a soloist, an orchestral pianist, and music librarian; she also held the position of director and conductor of her church community choir, Christadelphian Unity Choir, from 2014-2017.
On October 1st, 2016, Morgan performed at Koerner Hall in Toronto, Ontario, as a part of Culture Days celebrations, and was invited by Mervon Mehta to return to perform at the 21C Music Festival at the Royal Conservatory of Music in May 2017. In addition to her 2017 and 2018 journey were: studying with piano virtuoso extraordinaire André Laplante at Orford Music Academy, meeting her dream and inspiration, tremendously talented pianist Khatia Buniatishvili, the opportunity to perform and meet Canada’s icon and staple of contemporary music, composer Alexina Louie, and last but not least, organized and performed a benefit concert for Sistema Toronto featuring composers and/or works by Alexina Louie, Brian Current, Kotoka Suzuki, Keenan Reimer-Watts, Teo Milea, Nina Soyfer.
Morgan-Paige performed at the 2019 Burdock Piano Fest in a double bill with composer and pianist Dawn Davi. While building and collaborating with fellow peers, Morgan has co-accompanied “Silent Shorts from The Big Three” at The Grand Theatre in Fergus, Ontario, with cellist Chris Sharpe, presented by 8 Horse Music and Cinéclub Film Society (CFS) in February 2019. She was also the composer, musical director and principal accompanist for the Ciné Concert film festival in Besançon, France, from June 22-24, 2019 – performing in an ensemble with local Besançon musicians Marie-Louise Fourquier (clarinet), and Juliette Hubert (cello), these concerts were presented by Cinéclub Film Society (CFS) and L’association Harmonie Québec Bourgogne Franche-Comté. Continuing her collaboration with Cinéclub Film Society, Morgan has also performed in Montréal, Québec. Stepping into new avenues to broaden her career, Morgan held a position as a board member of the Guelph Symphony Orchestra and their fundraising and marketing committee in 2019. Her work and story were featured in Musicworks Magazine Winter 2020-2021 Issue 138, The WholeNote Magazine, Ludwig van Toronto and Toronto Guardian. Other ventures and performances included being added to Toronto Silent Film Festival’s and Opéra Queens performance roster, Alexina Louie’s award ceremony at the Arts and Letters Club in Toronto September 2019, and Union Station & Steinway Piano’s holiday program collaboration in Toronto December 2019. Past projects in 2020-2022 included: The Magic Wallet short film (scored/performed the soundtrack), Mission Sankofa short film (co-composed score/performed soundtrack), Bin Chicken film collaboration with Toronto Dance Theatre and Alyssa Martin, Hillside Inside’s “The Sound of Light” (broadcast), “Where Do I Go?” short film production (winner of Best Film at the Experimental Dance & Music Film Festival, 2021) with Tapestry Opera and Rock Bottom Movement, 21C Music Festival’s “New Music In A New World”, and a commissioned work plus performance for Suoni Per Il Popolo, sound art installation “My Ancestor Summons Me” at the Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto, Debaser Pique, the 21C Music Festival with the world premiere of her improvisational work “A Time to Exist” in Koerner Hall, Wavelength Summer Thing opening for headliner horrorcore rapper Backxwash and featured on most recent album “His Happiness Shall Come First Even Though We Are Suffering”, co-composer with Benjamin Shapiro for Dora Award-winning Sex Dalmatian with Rock Bottom Movement, and prototype premiere of “Resurrectio: Act I” an immersive animated and mixed media musical experience with re:Naissance Opera.
Morgan-Paige has been a recipient of grants following successful applications. In 2019, she was a grant recipient of the SOCAN Foundation and the Canadian Council for the Arts to support her residency at Château d’Orquevaux Artist Residency in Orquevaux, France, from June 3-16, 2019. Morgan also received a partial scholarship, and was gratefully supported with additional financial assistance to attend the residency through crowdfunding. In 2022, alongside her co-creator Kathryn Knowles (composer, writer, cellist and conductor), Morgan-Paige and Kathryn received a research and development grant from the Canada Council for the Arts to support the creation of their new musical “Between Fires” (presently under construction).