Melinda has been playing in orchestras since the age of 12, where she began in the West Australian Youth Orchestra. She was co-principal cello of WAYO from 2002-2003, and went on the ‘New Horizons’ European Tour with the orchestra, including performances in Australia House in London, Dvorak Hall in Prague and the Australian Embassy in Berlin.
During her studies at the Royal Northern College of Music, Melinda played with all the college orchestras, and was principal cello for the RNCM Opera, Chamber, Composer’s Focus and Symphony Orchestras – including a performance in Bridgewater Hall under the direction of Vassily Sinaisky. At the end of her studies, she was invited to the Stresa Festival to play with a college orchestra for conducting masterclasses with Giandrea Noseda.
Aside from college work, Melinda also appeared as principal of Sinfonia Cymru, the Britten-Pears Orchestra, and Jersey Symphony Orchestra. She was awarded places on the BBC Philharmonic and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Professional Access Schemes, which invite students from audition to rehearse and perform with the orchestra. As a result from these schemes, Melinda was invited to perform with the BBC Philharmonic in Bridgewater Hall, and with the RLPO in the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall.
Since finishing her studies, Melinda worked as a freelance Cellist around the U.K. She is an extra player for the RLPO, Opera North, Bournemouth Symphony, RSNO and Ulster Orchestra, where she was awarded a job trial in 2009. The following year she was invited to tour Europe with the Maribor International Orchestra in Slovenia. In 2012 Melinda was awarded a full scholarship to attend the Pacific Music Festival in Japan as a member of the PMF Orchestra.
Melinda is currently a casual player with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra.