clarinetist and educator
Erica Cherry is skilled as a performer, teacher, and teaching artist. She is comfortable in many areas, including larger ensembles, solo performing, and chamber music. Currently located in the Philadelphia area, Ms. Cherry recently graduated with a MM from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
As a performer, Ms. Cherry performs regularly with the CCM Wind Orchestra and Wind Ensemble and has previously played with the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic, Opera Orchestra, and Wind Ensemble. With these groups she has played at the Carnegie Music Hall and Benedum Center in Pittsburgh as well as Carnegie Hall in New York City. She is at home with chamber music as well, playing in a woodwind quintet for three years that performed many outreach and showcase concerts, including a pre-concert program at Heinz Hall in Pittsburgh. Ms. Cherry has premiered many new chamber works for student composers; she also particularly enjoys exploring the flute and clarinet duo repertoire. Her performance experience is not limited to the classical concert stage; Ms. Cherry has also played in the pit for shows such as Fiddler on the Roof and Pippin and has acted as accompanist and assistant music director for Lucky Stiff and Bye-Bye Birdie.
Equally dedicated to teaching as performing, Ms. Cherry has previously taught both clarinet and piano privately as well as in larger group settings. Over the summers she is the woodwinds instructor at Appel Farm Arts Camp and has previously taught at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. She has a particular dedication to bringing classical music to underserved areas and is a Teaching Artist for a group music class through the Whiz Kids tutoring program in Cincinnati. Similarly determined to bring classical music outside of the conservatory and traditional settings, Ms. Cherry devotes much of her time to Cincinnati Outreach Music Project (COR Music Project), a Cincinnati non-profit dedicated to providing music education in places where it is non-existent by eliminating obstacles of access and affordability.
Ms. Cherry studied at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and previously studied at Carnegie Mellon University, where she was a two-time recipient of the Silberman Clarinet Award given for musical excellence. Additionally, she is a member of the Pi Kappa Lambda, for which she had the opportunity to perform in an honor’s recital in 2011. She has played in masterclasses for Anthony McGill and Andrew Simon, and primary chamber music coaches include Cindy DeAlmeida and Ayako Tsuruta. Her primary teachers are Ron Aufmann and Thomas Thompson.
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