Melita Hunsinger joined the Fort Wayne Philharmonic as principal cellist in September, 2013. Since moving to Fort Wayne in 2009 Melita has performed regularly with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, the Grand Rapids Symphony, the South Bend Symphony, and the Richmond (IN) Symphony as principal cellist. 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.
A native of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Melita studied cello with string pedagogue Louis Potter, Jr. She graduated summa cum laude from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota with a Bachelor of Arts degree in music. Melita received her Master of Music degree from Rice University in Houston, Texas. While completing her degree, Melita served as co-principal cellist of The Symphony of Southeast Texas.
In addition to performing, Melita enjoys private teaching and keeping up with her two young children.