While in London, she performed with University ensembles, as well as the Stratford Civic Orchestra and other chamber music groups. After completing her studies in 2008, she moved to Edmonton, Alberta. There she taught at the Alberta College Conservatory of Music and performed in the Edmonton area with the New Edmonton Wind Sinfonia, Opera Nuova, performances at the Citadel Theatre and solo recital performances.
Melissa is currently Second Clarinet with the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra and performs in various venues throughout the city. The Goodchild Grady Duo is a clarinet percussion duo whose repertoire includes contemporary works with a special interest in, but not limited to, Canadian compositions. The goal of the duo is to bring quality compositions and performance through concerts and education to communities in Saskatchewan and across Canada. They have performed in several venues in Saskatoon and were artists-in-residence for the Prairie Wind & Silver Sage museum in Val Marie, Saskatchewan, in the 2016 season. In the fall the duo will be visiting Southern Ontario for performances including the commissioned piece "Dialogues" by Shelley Marwood. In Saskatoon she has performed in the Strata New Music Festival, been a featured soloist with the Saskatoon Serenade, the clarinet choir Reedy, Set, Go! and is involved with the Galliard Classical Variety Night concert series.
She enjoys teaching privately, as well as in group settings, including clinics for schools and events such as Klarinet Kerfuffle.