Melissa Dulla began playing the cello at age 11 when her elementary school music teacher asked her to play in her school orchestra. She said, "Sure! What's a cello?" The first concert was one week later and she has played in hundreds of concerts since. While growing up in California, Melissa played in various regional honor orchestras including the Orange County Youth Symphony Orchestra from 1990- 1993 under the direction of John Koshak. During her tenure in the OCYSO, Melissa travelled with the orchestra to play at both the United Nations and Carnegie Hall. Melissa then attended Chapman University in Orange, California on a music scholarship and played in both the Symphony and Chamber Orchestras. These orchestras annually toured through California, Arizona, Utah and Nevada and in 1997 traveled throughout Europe, playing concerts in Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic. Music and an adventurous spirit have taken Melissa around the world, and now she is happy to be living in Brookline with her husband and two daughters. Melissa enjoys letting kids play her cello so that fewer and fewer people say "what's a cello?"