Faculty

 

Faculty Picture

Branch:

Richmond

Instrument:

Piano

Genres:

Classical, Jazz & Blues (Gospel, Traditional, Funk), Latin, Pop & Rock

Cherie Chooljian

Her educational background is diverse. She holds degrees from Stanford (BA), Harvard (M.Ed), and USF (J.D.)

Though she grew up playing classical piano, she built upon that by studying jazz at Berklee and the New England Conservatory, and also studying privately with legendary jazz teacher Charlie Banacos. Her professional experience covers a wide range, including: Ballet accompanist at SF Ballet, American Conservatory Theater, and other independent ballet companies in San Francisco; keyboardist in various rock and blues bands; keyboardist in the jazz bands of the Pickle Family Circus, the San Francisco Mime Troupe, and Make-a-Circus; pianist/vocalist in upscale hotels; Latin/salsa pianist in several San Francisco bands, including Dr Loco’s Rockin’ Jalapeno Band, Benny Velarde Super Combo, Mazacote, Danilo Orquesta, Azabache, and Los Compas.