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San Domenico School News & Events

#FacesOfSD - Michael Mello


In order to share more of our amazing community here at SD, we offer this weekly #FacesOfSD to give you a chance to learn more about our faculty and staff. Today we are thrilled to introduce, Michael Mello without whom our San Domenico Singers would not sound the same.

Q. Full name?

A. Michael Joseph John Mello. I like to give my name in Portuguese, too, sometimes: Miguel José João de Mello

Q. Where were you born?

A. Santa Rosa, CA - the hometown of Luther Burbank, the great California horticulturist. I love plants, especially roses!

Q. Favorite word?

A. I don't think I have a favorite word, but I do have a favorite line of poetry:

But sound is never half so fair
As when that music turns to air
And the universe dies of excellence.

-"A Psalm" by Thomas Merton

Q.What do you do here at San Domenico? And what is your favorite part of your job?

A. I teach Hebrew and Christian Scriptures (Old and New Testaments) to sophomores, conduct the San Domenico Singers, the high school all-girl chorus, and help out with music for the Masses and other liturgies on campus. My favorite part of my job is watching the light bulb light up over a student's head - or on their face, when they have a sudden epiphany. (I teach Scripture - it might even be a "theophany" - a "God-showing" or "God-realization.") And hearing the San Domenico Singers sing! I love the sound of my students’ voices!

Q. Which Dominican value inspires you the most this week and why? (Study, Reflection, Community, or Service)

A. Reflection. I tend to be a more contemplative person, and spend a lot of time thinking about things, meditating, praying.

Q.What is your ideal weekend?

A. Dinner with Jim, either at home or a restaurant; making dinner with Jim for my mother - and then playing Scrabble; a nice, long hike with Jim and our dog Lucy, or a bike ride; a movie; sometimes a San Francisco Symphony concert or an opera; church on Sunday morning, often singing in the choir; family dinner at my sister's every Sunday evening.

We are so grateful for all you bring to our school community Mr. Mello. From riding your bike to school almost every morning, to your teaching and vocal coaching, thank you, thank you!