In 2009, Melissa attended her first fiddle camp and has since continuted to attend the Mike Block String Camp in Vero Beach, Florida. There, she not only found a great appreciation and love of folk music, but she found a community of people that would eventually go on to become the folk-chamber sextet, The Sound Accord. Melissa has had the opportunity to perform with musicians from all musical backgrounds, including, multi-genre cellist, Mike Block, Scottish fiddler, Hanneke Cassel, cello goblin, Rushad Eggleston, bluegrass mandolin player, Joe Walsh, Celtic cellist Natalie Haas, jazz violinist, Zach Brock, multi-genre violinist Jeremy Kittel, among others.
Since then, Melissa has played with various folk groups including Irish trios, Fire in the Glen and Maggie's Boots. She was also a founding member of the vocal trio, Silver Belles, which debuted their self-titled Christmas album in the fall of 2014. (View the music video and purchase the album here.) She has also had the privilege of soloing with Broadway stars, Kristin Chenoweth and Johnathan Groff.
In the summer of 2014, Melissa was a part of the reading for the American premire of the musical, A Summer Rose in Winter, by Rory Six. Performed at Shetler Studios in NYC under the direction of Kristen Brewer, the English adaptation of the German musical featured a three member cast, and a two piece band.
Melissa has also spent ample time in the recording studio and has been featured on a number of albums. Visit Discography for more information.
Additionally, Melissa has been a highlighted performer on Joseph Gordon-Levitt's Emmy Award winning online collaborative production company, HitRecord. In 2014, the webseries transferred to primetime television airing on Pivot as "HitRecord on TV", and has since released it's second season. View Melissa's contributions here.
Melissa can also be seen backing up local singer-songwriters, and has recently played for album releases with Chris Kasper at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, and with Deadfellow at Milkboy.
Melissa uses with a Realist pickup and plays standing with a custom bedazzled Block Strap.