About Melissa | Cello Player San Diego

Melissa, a solo cellist in Southern California, played her very first music notes at the age of three. Her music journey began on the piano, but cello soon entered her life at the age of eleven, and she instantly fell in love. Over the years she has continued to improve as a musician and performer, playing in numerous orchestras, chamber music groups, musicals, operas, ballet, weddings, live entertainment events, corporate functions, and various private events.

She moved to San Diego in 2009 to study mathematics, economics, and cello performance at UC San Diego and has stayed in the gorgeous city since. Although she works with numbers during the day, Melissa squeezes in as much cello time as possible on nights and weekends to continue her passion. She currently plays with La Jolla Symphony, City Ballet of San Diego, Opera NEO, and various chamber groups. Melissa loves her cello, Mel, for its wide range and sweet tone; she is always excited to share Mel’s lovely bright sound with the rest of the world.

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We guarantee that your cello player booking is covered 24/7 against any eventuality. 

In the event that a cello player cancels due to unforeseen events, our team will find a suitable replacement

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FAQ, Booking and General Policy

A cello is a wonderful instrument as it creates a deep resonating sound. The music played on the cello can vary across genres, including classical music, contemporary music, jazz music, pop music, and many more. When paired with a violin, the harmony created is beautiful and resonant.

The cello is an easy instrument to play. As with learning all other instruments, however, education and training is important. It should not stop anyone who is interested in playing the cello to pursue it. It is rewarding once you are able to play the instrument.

There are a wide variety of good cello pieces for casual events. Classical pieces, such as Bach’s Cello Suite can be fitting for casual events. Popular movie themes and top hits such as A Thousand Years by Christina Perri, Viva La Vida by Coldplay, Game of Thrones Theme, and Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen. Our cello player in San Diego, Melissa, is experienced in playing a variety of music genres.

The following classical songs were played at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding: Sicilienne by Paradis, Apres un reve by Faure , and Ave Maria by Schubert. It was beautifully played by a 19-year-old cellist, Shekuh Kanuh Mason.

  1. Get in touch with us via email, phone, or chat with us on our website to set an appointment.
  2. Choose a musician, group, or package and ask for a draft contract. For ceremony & cocktail bookings, you may opt to book online through our interactive tool. Refer to our calendar to check for an available slot for your event date.
  3. Secure the date by depositing a down payment of 25% through our interactive tool and pay via credit card, venmo, paypal, or send us a check.

Your booking is automatically confirmed upon receipt of the deposit OR signed contract!

Please note: If we don’t receive the signed contract OR the required deposit within 7 days from the date of the contract, we will need to re-confirm the artist(s) availability again.

Once your booking is confirmed, you will receive a username and password to access our portal. You may now create your custom wedding playlist via our interactive portal.

Please use our interactive tool to choose among thousands of songs in our playlist. There you can choose songs for your ceremony and cocktail hour. 

Do you need help planning your wedding music? Our dedicated team has a variety of wedding playlist suggestions for you.

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We understand that at times, the unexpected happens. Our policy on cancellations are written below:

  • For cancellations 30 days before the event, you will receive a 100% refund of the deposit amount.
  • For cancellations less than 30 days before the event, the deposit is non-refundable.

Please Provide Shade/Umbrella

  • We require a shade/umbrella for our musicians, instruments, and audio equipment. This is due to the extreme sensitivity of musical instruments to changes in temperature and exposure to sunlight and humidity. In some cases exposure to elements may lead to irreparable damage to the instruments.

Please Prepare a Covered/Dry Location in Case of Rain

  • We require a covered/dry location for our musicians, instruments, and audio equipment in case of rain. Exposure to water or humidity is damaging to our musical instruments and audio equipment. In some cases exposure to elements may lead to irreparable damage to the instruments. 
 Please Provide Heater
  • We love playing outdoors but in lower temperatures please provide a heater for our musicians. Our musicians remain outdoors for more than an hour with an additional hour to set up before the appointment. The heater will keep them warm before and during their performance. 

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What our past clients say

  1. Tamara


    Lorimar Winery, Temecula, California

    Margie and her team were so on top of it! Booking and negotiating we’re a breeze. We had some particular requests, and Margie and her team were more than accommodating. She was literally available to answer questions night or day. The music ended up being beautiful and exactly as we imagined. No wonder this team is number 1 in So Cal!

  2. Supattra


    Rancho Las Lomas, California

    We can’t thank The Ocdamia Strings enough for their incredible service, professionalism and music. The whole team is delightful to work with from the coordinator all the way to the musicians. They can play a range of classical and pop songs and will work with you to build a music list of your dreams, including custom contemporary-pop and classical compilations. They’ve added a classy touch to all our events and we welcome the opportunity to work with them over and over.

  3. Cindy Gaytan


    Trevi Hills Winery Lakeside,Ca

    Hello, I am hoping to get married on May 30, 2021 and would love to have you play during our ceremony and reception.

    I look forward to hearing from you!

    Cindy Gaytan

  4. Rachele F.


    Private Residence, Valley Center

    Melissa was amazing! I had tons of compliments from my guests. Also she was very accommodating, our property is hard to get to with limited parking. I appreciated her flexibility. She made our day so special! The music was beautiful! I greatly appreciate her and your company for making out wedding day memorable.

  5. Lindsay C.


    Building 177, San Diego, California

    Melissa was amazing! Made the ceremony, especially the processional, very memorable!

  6. Paulyne L.


    LUCE LOFT, San Diego, California

    She played beautifully. The sound volume, songs and her playing were all perfect especially for the vibe of our wedding. The guests loved her playing as well and one of our guests who is getting married soon is now looking into getting a cellist for their wedding after seeing ours.

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