About Cherlyn...

Cherlyn received her Master of Music from the Saint Louis Conservatory of Music, and her Bachelor of Music from North Park University in Chicago. She is currently on faculty as Instructor of Violin and Viola at Northwest University in Kirkland; works with the Maple Valley Youth Symphonies, directing the Elite Strings, coaching the MVYSO violins, and conducting the Debut Orchestra; and is the ongoing Strings Clinician for the Christian Musician Summit. Her past positions include faculty positions at Kenyon College, Jefferson Academy of Music (Chamber Music), as well as several of the largest community music schools in the country, including Merit Music Conservatory and MacPhail School for the Arts. Her private students have won competitions, gone on to be performers, teachers, recording engineers, worship leaders, and above all, people who enjoy making music!

Cherlyn has performed extensively throughout the United States and across Scandanavia. She is an active performing and recording artist, and worship leader in the Pacific Northwest. She has performed with Amy Grant, Phil Keaggy, Michael W. Smith, Natalie Cole, Yanni, and many others. Visit www.CherlynMusic.org to find out more.

Cherlyn brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her students. With a strong classical foundation, Cherlyn also has much experience in Celtic and contemporary styles, as well as Improvisation, and playing with a band. Her special niche is teaching improvisation for worship, for both string players and pianists. Cherlyn is also a published composer and arranger; she arranges all of her music for her own concerts. She is a member of ASCAP, and of the American String Teachers Association.

With all of this, you'll find a teacher who truly loves to teach and mentor her students. And Cherlyn's students greatly enjoy being a part of her studio! They have opportunities to perform within the community, and use their improvisational skills in worship settings. Cherlyn believes that it is important to build a strong foundation of technique, and that expression is the key to playing well at every level.

Cherlyn has a private studio in Issaquah, and a private home studio in Maple Valley. In addition, she offers various workshops at different times throughout the year. Check out our "Events" page to find out what's happening next!


Hammond Ashley Violins Music School

Gilman Village, Issaquah, WA


Maple Valley Youth Symphony Studio

Maple Valley, WA

www.mvyso.org for directions

Cherlyn's Home Studio

27470 226th Ave SE

Maple Valley, WA 98038

Schedule for 2020:

Sundays: Midway Covenant Church, Des Moines, WA

Mondays: Taylor Creek Church, Maple Valley

                  Maple Valley Youth Symphonies 4:00 - 9:00 pm

Tuesdays: Northwest University

                 Hammond Ashley in Issaquah

Wednesdays: Maple Valley Home Studio/Maple Valley Youth Symphony Studio

                      11:00am - 8:30pm

Thursdays: Maple Valley Home Studio Studio

                   11:30am - 9:30pm


Summer lessons June 22 -- August 28.

The 2019 - 2020 school year includes 26 weeks of lessons, 3 workshops, 2 recitals, and all accompanying for recitals through advanced intermediate levels.

September 19, 2019 -- June 10, 2020.


Tuition is based on a semester basis.

30 minute lessons - $628 per semester (beginners only)

45 minute lessons - $878 per semester(intermediate students)

60 minute lessons - $1150 per semester (advanced students)

The unbundled half-hourly rate is $42.50

45 minute and 60 minute lessons are based on a reduced rate of $80 per hour.

Rates are subject to change.