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I received my bachelors degree in violin performance from Michigan State University and my masters degree from New England Conservatory of Music. Influential teachers include Dr. Morris Hochberg, Dr. Walter Verdehr and Masuko Ushioda. I also studied with the Juilliard String Quartet.
While at MSU, I was concertmaster, won a special scholarship to play with the Lansing Symphony and subbed with the Grand Rapids Symphony. During grad school, I won a position in the Rhode Island Philharmonic, played in the Worcester, Marlboro and Boston Academy of Music orchestras.
Upon graduation, I won a full time position in the Florida Symphony Orchestra. I was a contracted member of the orchestra for 9 years. After the birth of our two children, we moved back to Michigan to be near family.
After returning to MI, I became a freelance musician. Some of my favorite gigs were long runs of Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. I am a member of the Fox Theater Orchestra and have performed often at the Fisher Theater, Michigan Opera Theater, DTE, Music Hall and The Palace.
I have been concertmaster of the Grosse Pointe Symphony, the Macomb Symphony, the Birmingham Bloomfield Symphony Orchestra, and Livonia Symphony. I am currently assistant concertmaster of the Oakland Symphony and play with the Rochester Symphony, Motor City Symphony, the Traverse Symphony and Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra.
I have maintained a private teaching studio since 1973 teaching both violin and viola.
Meet Cheryl Zetterholm
DGSP Lesson Instructor