Born in Pittsburgh, Melissa began violin at the age of three and studied at Duquesne University’s City Music Center. Under the guidance and teachings of Pittsburgh Symphony members, she has won numerous awards and was recognized on WQED Radio Station for the Performing Arts. She was a first violin member of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony for three years and was the recipient of the Ruth Montgomery Fellowship for her leadership as the first violinist of the Ruth Montgomery Quartet. Under scholarship, she attended Carnegie Mellon University studying under Sydney Harth and Cyrus Forough and is continuing her education at the New World School of the Arts with Thomas Moore in Miami.
Melissa has played in master classes with Charles Castleman and Andres Cardenas as well as the Guaneri Quartet, Emerson Quartet, Tokyo Quartet, and Eroica Trio. She plays with Miami Symphony as well as other groups in the Miami Area. Also studying piano for 14 years, she enjoys teaching violin and piano. Melissa loves to explore other kinds of music, including contemporary and improvisatory styles.