Cheryl Coker

Jerry Casey values collaborative experiences as she creates, shares, and explores music. Thankfully for my students and me, her music growth seems to be nurtured richly through interactive experiences. When she was invited to participate with one of my classes (Women and Music) her responses to the students were thoughtful and enlightening.  Her song “Bird Raptures” for voice and flute which she had sent to me, has been part of my performance repertoire for recital and conferences.  Most recently she is collaborating with one of my students, using text selected by the student from options sent by Casey.  The well-crafted song has been written and is now being learned for performance in a Senior Recital.  I am truly thankful that our paths crossed five years ago during the Festival of Women Composers at MUW in Columbus, Mississippi. Her music has certainly enhanced music-making for many others.

Dr. Cheryl Coker

Associate Professor of Music

Millsaps College

Jackson, MS

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