We are all currently faced with a different and challenging way of life. How will your music life fit in? How will this impact how you grow as a music educator and/or artist? I would love to talk to you about developing your career and creating a path that works for you. Feel free to contact me to discuss this.
B.M. University of Maryland
M.M. The Juilliard School
D.M.A. Texas Tech University
Peabody Institute of Music - Johns Hopkins University
Shepherd School of Music - Rice University
Africana Studies and the Arts
Contemporary and 19th century Solo Violin and Chamber Music
Underrepresented composers of past and present
19th c. Afro-European Violin Virtuoso, George Bridgetower
The story that describes my journey:
As we played Dvorak’s "American" String Quartet, at every cadence, they cheered, at every lyrical melody they swooned. Then the men in all green jumpsuits with numbers on their back jumped from their seats with chained feet to cheer like their favorite team had just won the Super Bowl. Following that moment, each gentleman stood up one by one and spoke on what moved them about the performance. What more can one ask from a performance? This was at the maximum-security prison in Houston, Texas. This experience cemented why I teach, and why I perform music. For the last 20 years I have been honored to be a part of the Marian Anderson String Quartet that advocates music for all. More specifically, our mission is, “creating new and diverse audiences." We have played for all walks of life and practically in every scenario one can imagine. This has enlightened my teaching philosophy on so many levels because it has reminded me that we all crave music in our lives. Looking deeper into music can be pivotal in our self-discovery which in turn is the key to becoming a well-rounded artist and human being. This is the basis for everything I do in my career.
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Cherry performs NY Premiere (March '21) Cherry's commission of Yvette Jackson's "Remembering 1619"
Cherry's Bridgetower music collection premiered by: Akron Symphony.
Dr. Cherry featured on podcast, "Unorchestrated" with Maestro Wilkins 3/2021