Dr. Amy Cherry is a freelance musician and trumpet teacher in the Philadelphia area. She holds a B.M. in Trumpet Performance from the University of Illinois and an M.M. and D.M.A. in Trumpet Performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
Dr. Cherry served as a visiting professor at Delaware State University in 2016. She was an Assistant Professor of Music at Western Carolina University from 2008-2014, and has previously held the position of Instructor of Trumpet at Morehead State University, Wright State University and East Tennessee State University. In 2018 Dr. Cherry became a Teaching Artist with Project 440 in Philadelphia.
She currently performs with the Brandywine Brass Quintet, the Liberty Wind Ensemble, and the Maryland Winds. She has served as Principal Trumpet with the Asheville Lyric Opera, Assistant Principal Trumpet with the Spartanburg Philharmonic, and Third Trumpet with the Asheville Symphony Orchestra. She has performed with numerous ensembles including the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Allentown Symphony, Reading Symphony, Kingsport Symphony, Johnson City Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Opera, Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, Dayton Opera, Lexington Philharmonic, Winston-Salem Symphony, Flat Rock Playhouse, Mannheim Steamroller, Monarch Brass Ensemble, Athena Brass Band, and the Summit Brass Ensemble.
Since 2000, Dr. Cherry has been involved with the International Women’s Brass Conference (IWBC), a non-profit organization that supports women brass musicians, and currently serves as a Board Member and Secretary of that organization. She also authors a biannual column exploring health and wellness issues for brass players, entitled Brass in Balance, which is published in the IWBC newsletter.
Amy is an active chamber musician interested in reaching new audiences and expanding the repertoire for brass instruments. To achieve those goals she founded the Balaton Chamber Brass in 2010 with her husband, trombonist Dan Cherry. Their debut album, Changing Times & Colors was released in 2015 on the Albany Records label.