Amanda Crisalli began her musical journey with the St. Cloud (MN) Suzuki School at the age of 3 with a ruler taped onto a Cracker Jack box and a pencil. After graduating to a real violin, she decided she'd rather sit and play cello. Mrs. Crisalli has studied cello since age 5. Not long after that, at the age of 8, she appeared in her first play, The Miracle Worker, and hasn't stopped performing since. Her first professional play was in 1992: Oliver! and Mrs. Crisalli has enjoyed critical and personal success in all types of theatre (musicals, comedies, classical, dramas) since. She also went on to work in commercials, industrial/educational films, film, television, print modeling and as a spokesperson/narrator. In addition to theatre, Mrs. Crisalli has performed as a singer in Choirs, Women's Ensembles, Chamber Singers, County Fairs and Churches, among others. Mrs. Crisalli was awarded a prestigious Music Scholarship to Concordia College in Moorhead, MN where she sat 2nd Chair in the Cello Section of the Symphony Orchestra and studied cello and voice. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Concordia College, Moorhead, MN in December 1995 with majors in English and Speech Communication Theatre Arts. She has played with many Symphony and Chamber Orchestras over the years, most notably the St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra, the Minnesota All-State High School Orchestra and the Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra. She has played The Swan from Saint-Saens' Carnival of the Animals and Vivaldi's Concerto in G for 2 Cellos as a soloist. Mrs. Crisalli has taught Cello for over 15 years and voice/acting for 8 years to students of all levels and ages. In addition to playing and teaching, Mrs. Crisalli is a professional actress and producer. Her professional acting name is Amanda Melby. Her acting credentials can be found on www.AmandaMelby.com and studio information can be found on www.VerveStudio.net.