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Cheryl Coker, D.M.A.

Department of Music


Cheryl Coker, a native of Maryland, came to Millsaps College in 1984 as an adjunct professor. She became a regular member of the faculty in 1987. Professor Coker received her B.M.Ed. and M.M. (voice) from the University of Southern Mississippi and the D.M.A. (vocal performance) at the University of Minnesota. Her voice teachers have been Robert Mesrobian, Vivian Wood, and Clifton Ware. She has coached with Richard Miller, John Wustman, Martin Katz, Sylvia Plyler, Karl Paulnack, Joel Revzen, Christoph Lorenz, and Julianne Baird.

As a soprano soloist Mrs. Coker has performed with the USM Symphony, Tupelo Symphony, and Mississippi Symphony, as well as choral/orchestral works at Millsaps College. These performances have included such works as Haydn's Creation, Mozart's Requiem, Rutter's Requiem, Rutter's Magnificat, Beethoven's Mass in C, Honegger's King David, and Brahms' A German Requiem. Operatic/theatrical roles include Floyd's monodrama Flower and Hawk, Menotti's The Old Maid and the Thief, Menotti's The Globolinks, and Jones/Schmidt's The Fantastiks.

Of special interest to Dr. Coker is the role of women in music. Her D.M.A. work included an in-depth study of this topic. The repertoire of her students reflects her keen involvement with women's studies.

An active member of NATS, MTNA, and Federated Music Clubs, she has served as an officer in each of these organizations at various levels, and her students have fared well in NATS, MTNA, and Federated Music Clubs competitions at state, regional, and national levels. Dr. Coker has served as a music consultant for Mississippi Educational Television and New Stage Theatre.

As a practicing church musician, Dr. Coker has worked with children's choirs and handbells in United Methodist, Baptist, and Presbyterian churches.

Dr. Coker and her husband, Timothy Coker, live in Jackson and have three children, all of whom are Millsaps graduates. 

E-mail Dr. Coker at cokercw@millsaps.edu.