Actress, singer, teacher, producer, director … Cherilyn Bacon was born and raised in Hollywood, California. She has taught children singing since 1977 and has maintained a private voice studio since 1999. Several of her students have become recording artists and have performed on Broadway, and in regional and local theatres around the country.
For Cherilyn, it all began at age 12 while singing along with the Hayley Mills recording of “Let’s Get Together” from The Parent Trap with her lifelong best friend LeeAndra Marsh Lowe in Cherilyn’s Hollywood Hills living room. They noticed their voices blended well and they began practicing in LeeAndra’s Pasadena home under the direction of her mother, Jeanne Marsh, a professional singer. Soon they added Nancy Startup Schultz, another best friend, to become the popular vocal trio THE SHERATONS, making their debut singing the folk song “Lemon Tree” on stage at a church musical event.
By age 16 THE SHERATONS were performing professionally around the L.A. area, on the popular Breakfast Club radio hour, and they still occasionally sing together today.
At age 15, Cherilyn began studying private voice with METROPOLITAN OPERA singer MARGARET ROMAINE. She performed in the HOLLYWOOD HIGH SCHOOL musicals and graduated from HHS, performing in the HOLLYWOOD BOWL as a senior class soloist. She has never stopped singing and performing since then. Over the years, she has directed children’s ensembles, musicals and plays, and conducted choirs and youth groups as large as 325 voices.
She earned a BFA from BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY. There Cherilyn and THE SHERATONS became founding members and co-creators of the BYU YOUNG AMBASSADORS, under the direction of big band singer JANIE THOMPSON. The Sheratons toured internationally with two diplomatic USO tours during the Viet Nam War, representing United States colleges at Expo 70 in Osaka, Japan.
While at BYU, the Sheratons were recording in Studio City under the direction of Platinum recording artist Bobby Engemann of THE LETTERMAN, who asked them to record the voices for the “Pussycats” on Hanna-Barbera’s cartoon classic Josie and the Pussycats. They declined so that they could finish their college degrees. (What were they thinking?)
In 1975, Warner Brothers music director and talented composer LEX DE AZEVEDO (the King Family TV show, The Swan Princess) and film scriptwriter DOUG STEWART (Where the Red Fern Grows) cast Cherilyn in the leading role “Julie” in their Utah cast of SATURDAY’S WARRIOR, a record-breaking musical box office hit playing to a sold-out run in Salt Lake City. Cherilyn and her family and The Sheratons are featured on THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS CHILDREN’S MUSIC CD, where she also impersonates a child’s voice.
Cherilyn has performed leading and supporting roles to critical acclaim Off-Off Broadway, in national tours, regional and community theatre in NEW YORK CITY, LOS ANGELES, SAN FRANCISCO, DALLAS AND SALT LAKE CITY.
National Tours: Roselle (PAL JOEY), Fred’s Wife-Christmas Past-Charwoman (A CHRISTMAS CAROL)
Off-Broadway: Gertrude (OPHELIA, THE MUSICAL)
Regional Theatre: The Narrator (JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT), Mary (Sondheim’s revised Southwest Premiere – MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG), Pam (BABY), Singer-Narrator (2 runs of SIDE BY SIDE BY SONDHEIM), Velma Von Tussel (HAIRSPRAY), Stepmother (INTO THE WOODS);
Community Theatre: Liesl, (THE SOUND OF MUSIC); Laurie (OKLAHOMA!). Helena (A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM).
Cherilyn has performed and toured with opera, Broadway, TV and film stars HARVE PRESNELL, SHERILL MILNES, JOEL GREY, ALEXIS SMITH, RANDY GRAFF, KELLY BISHOP, RON PERLMAN, JOHN LAMOTTA and CANDY BUCKLEY.
Cherilyn was the 1984 recipient of the MARY MARTIN SCHOLARSHIP through Northwood University’s IASTA Business of Musical Theatre program and invited to sing with opera singer SHERRILL MILNES at the NYC Player’s Club. In 1986, Cherilyn was the guest performer for the FREEDOM FESTIVAL AT PROVO GALA AWARDS.
FOUNDER, PRODUCER, MANAGING DIRECTOR
In 1997, after twenty years performing in Broadway musicals under full production, summer stock, Small Professional Theatre and Guest Artist contracts off-off Broadway, on national tours and in regional and local theatre venues from NYC to Dallas to L.A., Cherilyn began a mission to help other young artists pursue their dreams, launching SINGERS ON STAGE “ON BROADWAY MUSICAL THEATRE WORKSHOPS” as founder, producer-managing director. Backstage rated it best in NYC, along with NYU’s CAP 21 program. The workshop was presented at BROADWAY’S CIRCLE IN THE SQUARE THEATRE in collaboration with the school, as well as on stage at LAMB’S THEATRE.
Through this program, Cherilyn has influenced aspiring young performers from across the nation and from many countries including Croatia, Japan, and Brazil. The workshop became a model for Circle in the Square’s summer musical theatre program. She assembled a stellar faculty and board of advisors representing the best of Broadway, including:
Chairman and incomparable Musical Director and Dance Music Arranger – PETER HOWARD (Hello, Dolly!, 1776, Annie, The Tap Dance Kid, Crazy for You, Chicago)
Assistant Musical Director-Pianist – DENNIS BUCK (Oh Coward! Stardust, 42nd Street, Aladdin)
Actor-Director-Choreographer JONATHAN S. CERULLO (Three Musketeers, Legs Diamond, Anna Karenina, Band in Berlin, First Wives Club and TV Specials with Donny Osmond, Vanessa Williams and Natalie Cole)
Madison Square Garden President/CEO – DAVID CHECKETTS (Producer – The Scarlett Pimpernel, A Christmas Carol); Film and Tony Award-winning Composer – STEPHEN FLAHERTY (Anastasia, Ragtime, Once on this Island, Seussical)
Musical Director, Vocal Coach – JACK LEE (My Fair Lady, Nick & Nora, Grand Hotel, My One and Only, Peter Pan, Irene, Sweet Charity)
Singing Technique, Film Ghost Singer – MARNI NIXON (The King and I, West Side Story, My Fair Lady)
Director, Circle in the Square Theatre School – E. COLIN O’LEARY
Artistic Director, Singing Technique – BILL REED
Acting Coach – ALAN LANGDON
Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs (MAC) and Bistro Award-winning Director and Song Interpretation Coach – SARA LOUISE LAZARUS
Arranger and Musical Director – ALEX RYBECK (Grand Hotel, Ann Hampton and Liz Callaway – Sibling Revelry)
Musical Director, Vocal Coach – PHIL HALL (Play Me a Country Song)
Vocal Coach and Music Archivist – MICHAEL LAVINE
Talent Agent-Professional Artists – MARILYNN SCOTT MURPHY
Director, Theatre Wing, Elaine Kauffman Cultural Center – SEAN HARTLEY
Theatre Producer, Founder Milwaukee Rep – MARY W. JOHN
Film Actor/Producer – HARVEY KEITEL
Talent Development Director – Nickelodeon – JONATHAN WOOD
Otolaryngologist, Care of the Professional Voice – SCOTT M. KESSLER, M.D.
Dermatologist-Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology, Columbia University – ARNOLD C. TOBACK, M.D.
In 1998, Cherilyn and PETER HOWARD were invited to perform for alumni at the BYU Homecoming. She introduced BYU to the innovative concept of developing a Senior Seminar through Circle in the Square to help BYU’s best singers transition from academic to professional, with a strong start in New York City.
VOICE STUDIO BEGINNINGS -TEACHING
Continuing with her desire to inspire young singer/actors, Cherilyn founded her voice studio in the NYC area in 1999. She incorporated the best of her own voice teachers’ techniques. She gives credit to each of these teachers:
MARGARET ROMAINE (METROPOLITAN OPERA’S Musetta – L.A.: opera) NORMAN GULBRANDSEN (Chicago – Northwestern University: classical)
ANNE JACKSON and RAY ALLEN (Dallas Summer Musicals: legit soprano and Broadway belt)
SHEILAH VAUGHN WALKER (Broadway Musical Director – Ragtime, Fiddler on the Roof: Audition prep)
BILL REED, (NYC – protégé of legendary OREN BROWN’s healing voice therapies and vocalises)
EWAN MITTON (Utah-whistle voice).
Cherilyn has studied JAN SULLIVAN’S pop-belt technique and has also worked extensively with SARA LOUISE LAZARUS, (protégé of DAVID CRAIG’S On Singing Onstage interpretation technique). She is grateful to her NYC mentor/pianist/arrangers, Broadway musical directors the late PETER HOWARD and the brilliant arranger ALEX RYBECK.
In 2001 she returned home to Southern California to join the acclaimed ORANGE COUNTY SCHOOL OF THE ARTS CONSERVATORY, one of America’s top-ten visual and performing arts schools. She taught vocal technique, styles and repertoire and also directed First Act, a talented ensemble of OCSA’s best singer-actor-dancers, who performed all over the Southland for private and corporate parties and events. BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY then invited her to join its faculty to develop the NYC senior seminar.
Cherilyn has maintained her private voice studio in Salt Lake City while currently performing with the extraordinary MILLENNIAL CHOIRS AND ORCHESTRAS, now with over 5,000 singers in five states, ages 4+. Directors: Brett and Brandon Stewart and Cory Mendenhall.
She has recently performed at two Utah theatres – HALE CENTRE THEATRE (Into the Woods) and ZIEGFELD THEATRE (Hairspray) locally and around the country for private corporate parties and events, with a variety of seasonal-themed shows, as well as revues from Gershwin to Lloyd Webber and more. She’s proud of her vast music collection, which has outgrown her studio space and will soon be completely digital.
She has also voiced many commercials, radio, TV and corporate videos, as well as narrating two oratorios for the Draper Philharmonic Symphony and Choral Society.
Millennial® Choirs & Orchestras proudly presents Christ in America, June 1-2, Segerstrom Concert Hall, Costa Mesa. Featuring a stunning musical force of hundreds of musicians, including the remarkable Youth Choirs, the elegant Grand Chorus, and the superb Symphony Orchestra, this concert will inspire your soul.
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MCO® was founded in 2007 for the purpose of teaching and encouraging excellence in quality sacred and classical music. Its primary purpose is to fulfill the need for more refined music education in our communities, with a focus on God and country. Similar to the music of the masters – Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms – we are bringing God back into the concert hall with the sacred/classical music that is such a rich part of the history of Christianity. We feel this is vital in today’s society, particularly for the youth of America.
MCO® provides an invaluable learning environment whereby children, youth, and adults may associate and develop talents with those who maintain upstanding Christian values, while instilling in its participants a deep love for sacred and classical music. The organization is made up of hundreds of volunteers who represent a variety of faiths.
While at CIRCLE, OCSA and BYU, Cherilyn received excellent reviews from her voice students. She has exclusive rights to teach the DAVID CRAIG ON SINGING ONSTAGE TECHNIQUE, through his protégé, and her mentor, Sara Louise Lazarus.
As a teacher, Cherilyn has become an expert in the field of vocal development, production and maintenance through healthy vocal practices and a holistic approach. “Singing is very personal, the body being the instrument. It requires vulnerability and an enthusiasm for taking risks and embracing making mistakes. We are not always born with talent. Talent can be developed just as with anything else, through dedication, consistent and persistent practice. Don’t ever let anyone tell you that you cannot sing. God has given you a gift. You have a choice. You can use it to inspire or to tear down. I hope you chose to inspire, because the world needs it.”
“My professional career has been rewarding, and I’m passionate about helping young people live their dreams. But looking back, I owe everything I’ve accomplished to God who gave me a voice, and to the lifelong leading role He cast me in as mother to five wonderful children, all successful adults. They have taught me everything I needed to know about patience, empathy, compassion, humility and love. I now treasure the precious time I spend with my beautiful grandchildren.”