About Meg

Meg Risso developed as a cellist in the Seattle classical music world. She played cello in all levels of the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras, attended Marrowstone Music Festival and Kinhaven Music School, studied with Ray Davis, David Tonkonogui, and Fay Chi, and taught cello lessons for younger students when her teachers were out of town. Once at Oberlin, she majored in music performance, played with the Oberlin Orchestra, studied with Hans Jensen, Peter Rejto and Frances Marie Uitti, and taught cello lessons to young cellists from the local elementary school. After moving to Chicago, she played for and often coached the Oakley Street Cello Ensemble, a mixed level group of thirteen adult cellists that performed around Chicago. Meg moved back to Seattle in 2010 to play with various chamber groups and coach cello sectionals for the Seattle Youth Symphony orchestras and school orchestras. Meg had a thriving studio in Seattle through the Suzuki Institute of Seattle and out of her home studio. Over the course of five years, she trained with master teacher, Rick Mooney, for all ten Suzuki Cello Method books. She taught in Nashville with Music City Strings from 2019-2021 but is now back in Seattle and accepting adult students and students as young as 5. If you’re interested in lessons, please specify preferred days and times of the week.

Beyond being a cellist, Meg has been a dedicated educator for over a decade. She tutored math and reading skills to elementary school children all four years at Oberlin and became an outdoor educator with Nature’s Classroom in Charlton, Massachusetts after college. Since the summer of 2003, she has worked at a variety of summer camps, including Kinhaven Music School (Weston, VT), Camp Dark Waters (Medford, NJ), and SYSO Summer Music. Fostering confidence through education has been the driving force and focus of Meg’s life.


Puget Sound Symphony Orchestra

Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra

Saratoga Chamber Orchestra

Seattle Collaborative Orchestra

Seattle Rock Orchestra

Coaching Experiences:

Symphonette and Prelude Orchestra Cello Sectionals (the two youngest orchestras of the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras) 2011-2019, 2020-2023

SYSO Summer Music (formerly Marrowstone in the City) 2012-2019

Bothell High School Cello and Bass Sections

Roosevelt High School Cello Sections

Lake Washington High School Honor Orchestra Cello Section

Snohomish King County Solo & Ensemble Adjudicator


Steve Treseler (featuring Ingrid Jensen) on Center Song (multiple tracks)

The Local Strangers’ Letter to My Lover