Cherylonda Fitzgerald, a native of Louisville Kentucky, received her Bachelor of Music Performance and Music Education from the University of Louisville where she studied with Susannah Onwood (former principal of the Louisville Orchestra). She received her Master of Music Performance at S.U.N.Y. at Stony Brook as a student of Timothy Eddy (currently teaching at the Juilliard School and Mannes College of Music). As the winner of various young artist competitions, Cherylonda has soloed with the Louisville Orchestra, the University of Louisville Symphony Orchestra and the Bay View Festival Orchestra. More recent solos include a performance of the Dvorak Cello Concerto as a featured artist with the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra in 2013.
In addition to teaching at East Tennessee State University Ms. Fitzgerald teaches at Milligan College and at her private music studio. She is an active orchestral musician, serving as principal cellist of the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra and performing in the Kingsport Symphony of the Mountains and the Asheville Symphony. As a founding member of The Paramount Chamber Players, Cherylonda performs chamber music for audiences in Johnson City, Kingsport and Bristol, TN; and Abingdon, VA. Ms. Fitzgerald has performed in several productions at the Barter Theatre and also plays regularly with a chamber group called "Signature Strings".
Ms. Fitzgerald's cello, "Cecilia," was made by Kelvin Scott in Knoxville, TN and received a Silver Medal for Tone at the Violin Society of America's 16th International Competition for new instruments and bows in Baltimore, MD. Her "stunt double" cello is "Stuart" who was a lucky buy on Ebay.