Fourth-Sixth Grade Music Teacher, Choral Program Director
Cheryl Sumsion earned her B.Ed. and teaching credential through the University of Western Ontario in vocal music for grades 4-10, and her B.A. from the University of Waterloo in honours music/personality and religious studies. Her graduate work includes studies in Vocology and Baroque vocal technique. She has enjoyed many years of additional training in both the Kodály and Orff approaches to teaching music. In Toronto, she taught sixth through eighth grade core subjects with a special emphasis on vocal music, drama and ESL, and there began her love of vocal coaching for musicals. As a soprano, Ms. Sumsion has performed in fifteen musicals, and sung on sixteen commercially released CDs. She performed and recorded with the Tafelmusik Chamber Choir in Toronto, and has also performed in cathedrals throughout England. Currently, she sings with the American Bach Soloists, at churches in the Bay Area, and enjoys voice acting and vocal coaching. Ms. Sumsion joined Black Pine Circle School in 2003 and this year marks her 25th year of teaching middle school.
Why I Work with Children
The sound of children’s voices singing is one of my favorite sounds in the world.
A Favorite Book
What Do You Do With an Idea? by Kobi Yamada