Cheryl Anderson has served as the Director of Choral Activities at Cabrillo
College in Santa Cruz, California since 1990. During that time, she has conducted Cantiamo!,
Cabrillo Symphonic Chorus, and Cabrillo Chorale. She is founder and director
of Cabrillo Opera, Voice Master Class, Renaissance Consort and the Cabrillo
Youth Chorus Programs. She has conducted Cantiamo! and Symphonic Chorus in
of Bach's Mass in B-minor and St. Matthew Passion, Mendelssohn’s Elijah,
Orff’s Carmina Burana, Mozart's Requiem, Lou Harrison's La Koro Sutro,
and Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610.
Her choirs have performed for the American Choral Directors
Association and Music Educators National Conference to broad
acclaim. They have performed Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms,
John Adams’ Harmonium, Richard Einhorn's Voices of Light,
and Lou Harrison's Strict Songs with the world-renowned Cabrillo
She has led Cantiamo! and Symphonic Chorus on tours to Eastern
Europe, Italy, and Spain. She has conducted Carmina Burana with
the Teplice Symphony, Czech Republic, and the L’viv Philharmonic,
Krakow, Poland, and has conducted the Santa Cruz Symphony Orchestra
in Verdi’s Stabat Mater and Ave Maria and Poulenc's Gloria.
Ms. Anderson received her AB from West Liberty State College,
her MME from the University of Northern Colorado, and her doctoral
work was done at the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory
of Music, specializing in Conducting and Voice Performance. For
seven years, she was the Choral Director at the Breckenridge
Music Institute in Colorado. She has served on the music faculties
of the University of Northern Colorado, Colorado State University,
Transylvania University, Cumberland College, and the University
of California, Santa Cruz.
Ms. Anderson was a Conducting Fellow at the Oregon Bach Festival
with Helmuth Rilling, and performed numerous times with the Robert
Shaw Institute in Carnegie Hall. Ms. Anderson is also the Music
Director at the historic Church of the Wayfarer in Carmel, California.
Ms. Anderson is a frequent clinician, adjudicator, and guest
conductor across the United States. She has been twice named
to "Who's Who In America," and was recently given the "Meritorious
Teaching Award" from the Cabrillo Board of Governors. She
is a soprano with an active voice studio.