Cheryl Fries, Bassoon

Cheryl Fries, a native of Red Creek, NY, is currently at the New England Conservatory of Music in the studio of Richard Svoboda, principal bassoon of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Cheryl began her musical studies on the flute and later switched to the bassoon and studied under Susan Van Buren. Cheryl performed regularly as principal bassoon with the Hochstein Youth Symphony Orchestra and Nazareth Symphony Orchestra, as well as with the Rochester Women’s Orchestra and Fingerlakes Symphony Orchestra. In 2012 Cheryl won the Hochstein School of Music Concerto Competition and performed the Mozart Bassoon Concerto with the Hochstein Youth Symphony Orchestra. She was also the recipient of the Robinson Young Artist Award in 2013, sponsored by the Skaneateles Music Festival and performed a solo recital at the festival. In Boston, Cheryl performs with the New England Conservatory’s Philharmonia, Wind Ensemble, and in a woodwind quintet and in 2016 she was a finalist in the NEC Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition. She has additionally worked with Gregg Henegar, Richard Ranti, Suzanne Nelsen, and Marc Golderberg in NEC master classes. She has also performed with the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Haeffner Sinfonietta, Harvard Opera Orchestra, and is a member of the Phoenix Orchestra. In her spare time Cheryl enjoys yoga, spending time outside, and playing with her cat, Edith Piaf.