Cherie Dong, DMA (Cand.), M.Mus, B.Mus

About Cherie

Cherie Dong is a young cellist from China. She has studied cello since the age of four. Now she is currently pursuing a Doctoral of Musical Arts degree at the University of Toronto.

In 2001, Cherie received her Bachelor of Music degree in cello performance at the top music conservatory in China, and then she completed her Master of Music degree in cello performance at the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. During her masters degree, Cherie studied with the famous cellist Yehuda Hanani who had the same teacher as Yo-yo Ma.

Cherie participated in abundant master classes and received numerous scholarships from Music Festivals and Music Summer Camps. She participated in a master class with Lynn Harrell, Yo-yo Ma, Jian Wang, Liwei Qin, Ralph G Baum, Rainer Kussmaul, Lukas Dreyer, Jeffrey Solow, and Ilya Finkelshteyn.

Cherie has a large amount of performing experience. Since 2007, she has performed with the China Youth Symphony Orchestra and the U.C. Philharmonic Orchestra in the US, Korean, Hongkong, and the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing. Cherie was the principal cellist in the Momus string ensemble. They perform contemporary music throughout the United States.

Cherie started teaching cello in 2007. She was a cello teacher at the Beijing Young Community and Guangming Music School n China. She also had private students in the United States. During Cherie's summer break, she gave a master class in her hometown music school in China where she provided tutelage for many advanced students preparing for University auditions. Cherie has created her very own personal teaching method for beginner and intermediate cello students.

Phylosophy Of Teaching

Everyone has talent to reach his or her full potential.

"All students should dream big and follow their hearts. They can learn so much from outstanding cellists like Yo-yo Ma. With the right tutelage the cello is not as difficult to learn as people may think. I always use the fastest and most efficient teaching method available for each and every student. I have devised my own personal teaching method that consists of multiple different levels and sub-levels so it caters to both the slow and fast learners alike. Everyone learns at different levels and speeds. As an educator, it is my job to make sure everyone is doing the best that they can while learning the cello and having fun at the same time!"

- Cherie Dong

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