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Affiliate Artist, School of Music

Teaching at Cairn since 2005

Cheryl Cunningham


  • Master of Music in Harp, Indiana University
  • Bachelor of Music in Harp, Indiana University
  • Bachelor of Music Education, Indiana University


Cheryl Dungan Cunningham teaches Applied Harp in the School of Music at Cairn University.

She is Principal Harpist with the New Jersey Capital Philharmonic and Southeastern Pennsylvania Symphony Orchestra.

She is a member of Les Meslange des Plaisirs; The Fine Companions duo with flutist Amy Shimmin; Voix seraphique with keyboardist Kathleen Scheide and a founding member of the resident ensemble of the Southampton Chamber Music Society series.

As a pedagogue and author, Cheryl maintains a busy private teaching studio and teaches at Cairn University. She was a contributing author to the American String Teacher’s Association publication, A Harp in the School: A Guide for School Ensemble Directors, and her articles about the harp have been published in the The Harp Column Magazine, American String Teacher, and AHS Teachers Forum.

Cheryl currently serves as President of the American Harp Society, Inc. and Treasurer of the Philadelphia Chapter. Her past positions with the AHS include Chairman of the Board (2014-2016), First Vice President (2006-2010) and Co-Chairman of the AHS National Conference in Philadelphia (2004). Cheryl earned Bachelor of Music in Harp, Bachelor of Music Education, and Master of Music in Harp degrees with High Distinction from Indiana University, where she studied with Susann McDonald and Peter E. Eagle.

Additional Information

Academic Specialties & Interests:

  • Applied Harp
  • Chamber Music
  • Symphony Orchestra