Cheryl Zimmerman, as a Durand High School student, studied oboe with Jeanne Aaronson (Flint) and later Daniel Stolper (MSU). She was a recipient of the John Philip Sousa Band Award and a scholarship for oboe at MSU where she continued her studies with Stolper. She earned a Bachelor of Music Degree in Instrumental Music Education with High Honor and later went back to MSU and completed a Master of Music Degree in Performance. While working on her master’s degree, she participated in master classes with Robert Sprenkle (Eastman School of Music) and John Mack (Cleveland Symphony). She also performed at Lincoln Center as a member of the MSU Wind Symphony. She has performed as soloist with the Shiawassee Chamber Orchestra, the Genessee Wind Symphony and performed “The Lord Is My Shepherd” by John Rutter under his direction.
Mrs. Zimmerman has had many years of teaching experience including a period of time as an adjunct instructor at Flint-UM and private instructor at FIM. She has been a band director in the Grand Blanc Community Schools since 1988 where bands under her direction have earned high ratings at MSBOA band festivals. She served for over twenty years as a church choir director, is an active member of the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association, plays first oboe in the Genesee Wind Symphony and is a performing member of the St. Cecilia Society.
"Music has provided so many wonderful experiences for me over the course of my life that I count it a privilege to help students develop their own musical potential. It's exciting to be part of a program like the one we have in Grand Blanc and it is with great pleasure that I welcome students to the instrumental music program at Grand Blanc West Middle School!"