Lisa Cherry, BM

Applied Faculty, Horn

Lisa Cherry has been a professional musician since 1978. Upon completion of her degree in Performance in 1981, she won her first orchestra job in Veracruz, México. After the Veracruz orchestra job, Lisa returned home and has been “free-lancing” ever since!


A sought-after show player, she has performed with Long Beach Civic Light Opera, San Gabriel Light Opera, La Mirada Civic Light Opera, at the “Old Globe Theater” in San Diego, and La Jolla Playhouse. Her many symphony orchestras include Peninsula Symphony, Westchester/Marina del Rey Symphony, San Bernardino Symphony, Santa Monica Chamber Orchestra, Torrance Symphony, South Coast Symphony (founding member), and Pacific Symphony. Ms. Cherry was in the “Hour of Power” orchestra from 2001-2010 at Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, which was televised all over the world. She has toured with orchestras all over the world to Taiwan, Canada, México, and Italy.


An accomplished teacher, Ms. Cherry also has a home studio in Orange County where she teaches many young players and adults alike. Lisa holds a B.M. in Music Performance from California State University (1981). Her extensive teaching background has made her very sought after and includes teaching at top Universities all around Southern California, UCI, Concordia University, Vanguard University, Riverside Community College and has been at California Baptist University on their teaching faculty since 2004. She joined the faculty as Professor of Horn at UCR in Fall 2016. Lisa was just invited to be the Horn Professor at Orange County School of the Arts (OSHA) starting August 2018.