Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Melissa Mielens

Where were you born and (if different) where did you grow up? Albany, NY and East Greenbush, NY

Current residence and marital status/family: Stowe, VT. Married; two kids; three dogs (maybe more in future!)

Education: B.M. and M.M., both with distinction, from New England Conservatory; spent one year studying in Paris

When did you start playing with the VSO? started subbing in 2009; officially won the principal chair in 2017

Other current jobs besides VSO: principal in the Orchestra of Indian Hill; teach at Phillips Exeter Academy

Favorite composers: Mahler and Bach

Hobbies: cycling, skiing, hiking, reading

How did you get started in music? violin when I was 4

Describe a typical day: no such thing, thank goodness

Secret ambition: do a triathlon

Favorite vice: chocolate and wine (not at the same time!)

People would be surprised to know that: I broke my wrist several years ago skateboarding. It is now held together with a rod and pins.

Best advice I ever got: follow your heart

Pet peeve: rudeness and lack of respect. Also drivers who drive too slowly in the passing lane!