Melissa earned her Bachelor's degree in cello performance from the University of Utah where she studied with John Eckstein. She ran a music business with her husband, called Heart Strings Productions, where they played together as a cello/guitar duo among other ensembles.
Melissa has played in various groups over the years including orchestra, theater, ballet, chamber ensembles, and recording. She has been playing with COO since 2016.
Besides playing the cello, she enjoys hiking, camping, gardening, and spending time with her family.