About Meg

Meg Risso developed as a cellist in the Seattle classical music world. She played cello in each of the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras, attended Marrowstone Music Festival, 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. In 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 to play with various chamber groups and coach Seattle Youth Symphony orchestras and school orchestra cello sections. 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. Now that she’s in Nashville, she’s accepting school-aged students at Music City Strings in Franklin Wednesdays and Thursdays and adult students at her home in East Nashville. If you’re interested in lessons, please specify preferred days of the week, lesson times, and your preferred location.

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.

Orchestras:

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

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

 Recordings:

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

The Local Strangers’ Letter to My Lover