Andrea Cheeseman is a clarinetist and teacher living in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Boone, North Carolina. Throughout her career, she has been committed to playing good music of all eras and to collaborating with musicians who challenge and inspire her to explore new directions. As an educator, Cheeseman is dedicated to helping students become confident, self-reliant and healthy musicians.
A versatile musician, Cheeseman frequently performs as a soloist and chamber musician. Although she regularly performs traditional repertoire, she is an advocate of new music and is a sought-after performer of electroacoustic music written for clarinet and bass clarinet. Wishing to promote electroacoustic music, she has toured extensively, giving recitals and masterclasses throughout the country. Additionally, Cheeseman has been a featured performer at festivals such as the Third Practice Electroacoustic Music Festival and the Electroacoustic Barn Dance and has appeared at SEAMUS (Society of Electroacoustic Music in the United States) conferences. She has been described as “a skilled performer with an ability to connect to the audience. And comfortable in her own skin, she has the uncanny ability to slide into the soundscape as if she were physically part of it.” Cheeseman has premiered pieces by today’s leading composers and is recording her debut album to be released Fall 2018.
Since 2009, Cheeseman has served on the faculty at Appalachian State University where she teaches studio lessons and a methods course as well as coaches chamber music. Prior to her appointment at ASU, she was on the faculties of Delta State University, Alma College and Hillsdale College. Cheeseman earned the Doctorate of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees in clarinet performance from Michigan State University and the Bachelor of Music degrees in clarinet performance and music education from Ithaca College.
When not teaching or performing, Cheeseman spends her time gardening, swimming, practicing ashtanga yoga and perfecting her kimchi recipe.