Meredith McCook, cellist, was born in Tyler, Texas, and joined the cello section of the Kansas City Symphony in 2015. Before playing in Kansas City, she played with the New World Symphony in Miami under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas for four years. She completed her Masters degree at Manhattan School of Music in New York, where she studied with Alan Stepansky, and she received her BM from the University of North Texas. Meredith has attended Spoleto, Thy (Denmark),Tanglewood Music Center, Music Academy of the West, Canada’s Young Artists’ Programme, Kennedy Center, Artosphere, Britt, Domaine Forget, and Summit festivals. Meredith is an avid chamber musician, and has performed at Carnegie Hall with the Peace Piano Trio for a United Nations benefit. She also enjoys teaching, and recently spent a week in Medellin, Colombia teaching through an exchange with the New World Symphony. She has also studied with Eugene Osadchy, David Geber, and Hans Jensen. She was a winner of the University of North Texas concerto competition, the Young Texas Artists competition, and Manhattan School of Music’s Fuchs chamber music competition. In her free time, she enjoys being active by going running and doing yoga.