Melissa Deal, a native of Minneapolis, MN, began playing violin at the age of four, studying with her older sister. Since then, she has enjoyed performing in many orchestral and chamber ensembles, such as Minnesota Youth Symphonies, Artaria Chamber Music School, and the University of Minnesota Symphony Orchestra, where she has served as associate concertmaster. Melissa has performed as soloist with the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra, and the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Cuba in Havana. As a chamber musician, Melissa has performed on NPR’S From the Top and Minnesota Public Radio. Her notable teachers include Mary West, Charles Castleman, Yair Kless, and Sally O’Reilly, with whom she most recently studied at the University of Minnesota. This fall, Melissa will continue her studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music to complete her Bachelor of Music degree.