With a performance career spanning nearly fifty years, James F. Mellichamp has made prominent appearances as an organist throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia. His concerts include solo recitals at such notable venues as the Washington Cathedral, Berlin Cathedral, Dijon Cathedral, the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, and Westminster Abbey.
As an organ consultant, he has been responsible for the design of over fifty organs for churches and colleges in the United States. He is also the author of articles related to organ design and construction published in various musical periodicals.
Since 1982 Dr. Mellichamp has been a faculty member at Piedmont University, an independent university in Georgia, where, as Professor of Music, he maintains an active studio of young organists. After years of service as Dean of the College, and later Vice President-Provost, he was named President of the University in 2012.
He received a Baccalaureate degree in organ performance from Huntingdon College in Alabama; a Diploma from the Hochschule für Musik in Herford, Germany; and the Doctor of Music degree from Indiana University.