Cheryl Hollinger has been associate principal trumpet of the NZSO since moving to New Zealand in 2000.
She grew up in the town of Lititz, Pennsylvania, and went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in music education from West Chester University and Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School in New York City. Her most influential teachers and mentors were Arnold Jacobs, Vincent Cichowicz, and Adolph Herseth, all former members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Before joining the NZSO, Cheryl was a member of the Savannah Symphony, The Florida Orchestra, and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra in New Orleans where she held the position of Principal Trumpet and soloist for seven seasons. She has performed at the Spoleto Festival Orchestra in both the USA and Italy as well as the Colorado Music Festival in Boulder.
Cheryl has recorded with Nine Inch Nails and is a Yamaha performing artist. She enjoys working with students and teaches privately. When she isn’t performing, Cheryl also enjoys killer weight training sessions, swimming and tramping with her 2 Jack Russell Terriers, and has done a skydive in Queenstown from 15,000 feet.
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