Year you joined the ECSO: 1980
Cheryl Banker holds a bachelor of music degree from Potsdam Colleges Crane School of Music in bassoon performance and music education; she first came to Connecticut as co-principal bassoonist in the Coast Guard Band. Ms. Banker has been bassoonist with the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra since 1980 and has worked under the batons of all the directors of the ECSO; she was personnel manager for the orchestra from 1985-1998. She is also principal bassoonist with Salt Marsh Opera and Opera Theater of CT since their founding.
Cheryl is an accomplished organist and church musician and holds a full time position since 2005 at St. Michael Church in Stonington, CT. Since 2011 Ms. Banker has directed a semi-professional chamber choir, Schola Cantorum of St. Michael, specializing in Gregorian chant and Renaissance polyphony performing 5-6 times a year.
In 2001 Cheryl continued her avid interest in all things musical by studying the art of piano tuning and operates her own business, Sweet Harmony Piano Tuning. Ms. Banker has also been treasurer for the local chapter of the American Guild of Organists (1995-2014) and Dean (2014-2016).
Hidden talent(s):Gardening, cooking, Scrabble and codeword puzzles.
Favorite musical memory:Performing Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 in Schenectady Youth Orchestra (Union College) at age 16.
Favorite Motto or Quote:“I have always found it difficult to study. I have learnt almost entirely what I have learnt by trying it on the dog.” -V. Williams
What/Who inspired you to take up your instrument:I wanted a unique musical experience and have always been attracted to the beauty of the bassoon’s tone.