Melissa Escobar is 18 years old and a senior at Pasadena Memorial High school. She started playing viola in 5th grade, and soon in her 8th grade year, she tried out for TMEA Region 19 and recently made All-State. Besides keeping busy with Virtuosi of Houston during the school year, Melissa also joins summer youth orchestras such as AFA summer music festival. This year is Melissa’s second year in the Virtuosi of Houston orchestra. Besides playing the viola, she enjoys Mexican food take outs from “El Borrego” taco truck, watching American cartoons such as SpongeBob Square Pants and Steven Universe, and is an obsessed meme collector. But most importantly, she loves her one-year old German Shepherd, Chapo Escobar.