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Dr. Cheryl Forest Morganson is available as a music director, conductor, collaborative pianist, and vocal coach. She is currently based in Central Illinois.

She specializes in lyric theatre repertoire, to especially include musical theatre. Her  recent musical MD home has been at Parkland College with "Little Shop of Horrors" (2024), "Sweeney Todd" (2023), "SpongeBob the Musical" (2022) and "Young Frankenstein" (2019). She was a Piano Fellow at the Bay View Music Festival (summer 2022) and will be a part of the Dramatic Voices Program in Berlin this coming summer. 

Her vocal coaching is informed by Estill Voice Training, and she is moving towards Estill Figure Proficiency Certification. She is highly interested in preventing vocal overuse injuries, and is developing a method to avoid such issues in casts. 

She completed her D.M.A. in Vocal Coaching and Accompanying under Dennis Helmrich, Julie Gunn, Michael Tilley and Casey Robards at
the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). Her dissertation
was "A Conductor's Guide to Sweeney Todd in a Community Theatre Setting.
Her doctoral cognate was in "the Science of the Singing Voice" through the UIUC Speech and Hearing Sciences department, which dovetails with her first B.S. in Biology, earned from Caltech.

She earned a MM in Collaborative Piano studying under Brian Moll at the Longy School of Music (Cambridge, MA), and her BA in Music at Valley City State University (Valley City, ND) while residing in Heidelberg, Germany. Other primary teachers include Martin Smith and Heidrun Luchterhandt at the Hochschule für Kirchenmusik in Heidelberg, Germany. 
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