Who We Are

Brought together by a deep commitment to new music, soprano Margot Rood and percussionist Caleb Herron founded Mélange in 2017. As Mélange, they find inspiration in performing together and in fostering new repertoire for their unique combination.

As a soloist, Margot Rood has premiered works by a number of notable living composers, including David Lang, Kati Agócs, Sungji Hong, Joshua Shank, James Kallembach, Heather Gilligan, Scott Ordway, Matthew Ricketts, and Carson Cooman, among many others. She has performed with some of the United States’ premiere new music ensembles, and was a 2015 recipient of the St. Botolph Club Foundation's Emerging Artist Award for her work in new music. Notable engagements include her Carnegie Hall debut in the world premiere of Shawn Jaeger’s Letters Made with Gold, Kati Agócs' Vessel with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, and Osvaldo Golijov's Three Songs for Soprano and Orchestra with A Far Cry. Margot is a core member of Boston’s Lorelei Ensemble, an all-female vocal ensemble dedicated to the performance of new music, and is a founding member of the Michigan Recital Project, which features commissions by emerging composers. She has sung numerous world premieres and has recorded 20th and 21st-century works with Albany Records, BMOP Sound, and Sono Luminus, including the leading role of Emily Webb in Ned Rorem's 2005 opera Our Town, for New World Records.

Percussionist Caleb Herron has commissioned works from composers such as Anthony Donofrio, Daniel Swilley, Drew Baker, Carolyn Chen, Drew Dolan, and Michael Vincent Waller. Caleb is Founder and Artistic Director of Chamber Cartel, Atlanta’s premiere contemporary music group. Through innovative programming the Cartel has brought several important pieces of contemporary repertoire to Atlanta and has commissioned more than twenty new works since 2012, and recently recorded a full album of the music of composer Aaron Jay Myers. Caleb is also the curator of Beyond the Zero, an exciting new music series at Orpheus Brewing in Atlanta, which has garnered great acclaim. He has studied under the direction of Dr. Stuart Gerber at Georgia State University and Dr. Morris Palter at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Caleb resides in Atlanta and teaches percussion at Georgia State University, Perimeter College.

Margot and Caleb most recently collaborated on the piece Finer Points, written by composer Heather Gilligan and featured on Margot’s debut album, Living in Light, released by Albany Records this past spring.

 Photo by Kelly Blackmon

Photo by Kelly Blackmon