Cherie Carl brings a variety of experiences to her teaching career. An Iowa native, Cherie participated extensively in all her school music activities and went on to earn a Bachelor of Music in Education degree from Simpson College. Upon graduation she accepted a position as an elementary music teacher in Atlantic, Iowa where she taught for 8 years. During her eight years in Atlantic, she taught private voice and piano lessons, directed 12 community musicals and organized and participated in a traveling gospel group called the “Now Disciples.” Her next move took her to Lincoln, Nebraska where she earned a Masters Degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Nebraska. While at UNL, she taught private voice, was a featured oratorio soloist and performed in numerous operas including, the title role in “Madame Butterfly.” Upon graduation she accepted a position at Simpson College as a voice instructor. After moving to the East Coast, Cherie pursued a professional opera career and continued her private teaching. Many of her students can be heard on Broadway, National Tours, Cruise Ships, Community theaters as well as local school productions. Paper Mill’s Rising Star, Count Basie, and Perry award winners have come from Cherie’s studio. Cherie enjoys working with all types of students from children to adult. Her extensive background in performance equips her to help prepare students for college and theater auditions.
Cindi Metzger recently relocated to New Jersey after serving as Director of Choral Activities at the Atlantic, Iowa Middle School where she taught general music, directed three choirs, a show choir, as well as various programs and musicals. She obtained a Bachelor of Music degree from Westmar College and a Master of Music Education degree from VanderCook College of Music in Chicago, Illinois where she continues to serve on the Alumni Board of Directors. While teaching in Iowa, Cindi maintained an active voice and piano studio in her home, served as an adjudicator for the Iowa High School Music Association, was chairperson for the 7th-8th grade girls Opus State Honor Choir, and served as the Iowa Choral Directors Association Middle School standards and repertoire chairperson. In October of 2000 Cindi was named “An Accomplished Music Teacher in the State of Iowa” in an article entitled “A Standing Ovation for Music Teachers” in the Music Educators National Conference publication: Teaching Music Magazine.