Principal Cello

Melita Hunsinger joins the Phoenix Symphony as principal cellist in 2015. Previously Melita served as principal cellist for the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, and the Richmond Symphony Orchestra.

A native of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Melita graduated summa cum laude from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota with a Bachelor of Arts degree in music. She received her Master of Music degree from Rice University in Houston, Texas and is grateful for the inspiration and expertise of her teachers throughout her musical training.

From 2002 to 2009 Melita held the position of principal cellist of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. As a member of the Arkansas Symphony’s resident string quartet, she performed over seventy-five chamber recitals in central Arkansas and throughout the state. She also appeared as soloist with the orchestra in both 2004 and 2009, performing concertos by Saint-Saëns and Brahms.

While residing in Fort Wayne Melita performed regularly with the Grand Rapids Symphony, the South Bend Symphony, and the Richmond (IN) Symphony as principal cellist. Melita appeared as soloist with the Richmond Symphony in 2014, performing Victor Herbert’s second cello concerto. After joining the Fort Wayne Philharmonic as principal cellist, Melita was heard regularly in chamber recitals as a member of the orchestra’s resident string quartet. A dedicated teacher, Melita also served as Associate Faculty for Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne.

Melita and her husband Jeff have two young children, Paul and Clara.