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Piano Performing

Featuring Cheri Sykes

Add the magic of music to your special event.

Available for Parties, Corporate Events, Weddings, Senior Programs, and more...

Wedding Piano
From $225.00

With her skills and versatility, trust Cheri to make your every musical desire a reality!

  • Decades of experience planning and playing wedding ceremonies.
  • Bring your special requests! Cheri easily transcribes songs from recordings if no sheet music is available (extra fee). Adept at key transpositions for vocalist.
  • Can assist in planning every detail of your music, including processionals, recessionals, and solo selections. She knows the classics, but can also offer non-traditional musical choices.
    Extensive repertoire in classical, new age and pop genres. Will gladly tailor the music to your stylistic preferences.
  • Can recommend vocalists, trumpet, flute, even bagpipers!
  • If yours is a church wedding: Cheri holds a masters degree in Organ, with experience playing Lutheran, Catholic, and Methodist weddings. Her repertoire includes the classics as well as unexpected choices.
  • Portable digital piano furnished as necessary. Features other lush and beautiful sounds, such as strings, flute, brass, harp, and nylon guitar.


  • $225/basic. Includes consultation.
  • Additional $75/rehearsal with soloists and other instrumentalists.
  • $50 to furnish digital piano.

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Party Piano
From $225.00

“Cheri is a real prize at a party. She can do beautiful background but if anyone wants to sing, she goes into action. At my party, people gathered around to sing some old doo-wop girl group songs and she jumped in with an alto part. Ditto Gershwin and Porter standards. A classical pianist with great jazz chops and a Lutheran church music director as well —she’s got it all. Loved her, can’t wait to get her back.”

- Garrison Keillor, host of MPR’s A Prairie Home Companion)

From sophisticated jazz to elegant classical piano to rock keyboard, Cheri can create just the right touch for your event! Count on Cheri for superb music and consummate professionalism. Recipient of booking website Best of 2012 Award.

  • SOPHISTICATED JAZZ STANDARDS: Perfect for your wedding reception or other classy event, featuring the music of Cole Porter, Gershwin, Ellington, and Rodgers and Hart, as performed by Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Diana Krall, Harry Connick, and Michael Buble. Cheri is a trained jazz pianist.


  • $125 - First Hour
  • $100 - Each Additional Hour
  • $50 - Carrying Charge for Keybaord.

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Inquire about Cheri’s classy and affordable jazz combo for prices comparable to a D.J.—Live music is better!

Seniors Events

Programs, offered in all types of settings, are geared to the interests and participation abilities of the audience.

Let’s work together to spark memories and enrich the daily lives of your residents!

  • As a pianist, Cheri covers boogie woogie, blues, ragtime, and stride, the historical American popular piano from the first half of the twentieth century. Other programs feature the Great American Songbook of the 20s-40s, or favorite hymns and spirituals.
  • Each program includes anecdotal history of the composers, compositions, and cultural setting, intended to promote interaction and spark memories of the era. Programs are tailored to the interests and participatory abilities of the audience.
  • Cheri is facile at improvisation, transposition into singable keys, playing by ear, and taking requests.
  • As a vocalist, she is comfortable in leading singalongs as well as soloing. She can provide lyric songsheets in large type to enable singalongs.
  • No piano? Cheri is totally portable, with a beautiful and realistic digital piano and amp.
  • For special occasions, consider a classy and affordable small jazz combo.


  • $125 - First Hour
  • $100 - Each Additional Hour
  • $50 - Carrying Charge for Keybaord.

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Piano Lessons and Insruction

Cheri can help you discover and pursue your musical passion. Lessons are custom-tailored to you. You can learn not only classical repertoire and technique, but also jazz, pop, and rock idioms, including gospel, blues, ragtime, and boogie woogie. Cheri’s mastery of diverse keyboard styles will pave the way. Develop your ability to play by ear, improvise, sight-read, and compose. Emphasis on theory and ear-training is the key. Adults, children, and teens are all welcome; Cheri enjoys the singular challenges of each age group.

The keyboard is the COMPLETE instrument. In addition to the irreplaceable acoustic piano, with today’s synthesizer, you can be the entire band or orchestra! Your creative options are endless. Cheri’s studio features cutting-edge technology and inspiring instruments. Lessons are taken on a new 5’8” Cristofori grand piano. You will be exposed to the widest range of keyboard possibilities, including the amazing potential of the synthesizer. Computer-based theory and ear-training programs are now part of the curriculum--a fun and effective way to learn! You can also learn music notation software and experience computer-based multi-track recording.

Students are also encouraged, but not required, to participate in the piano skills, repertoire, theory and ear-training exams sponsored by Minnesota Music Teachers Association.

These are useful benchmarks of progress and great motivators.

Many opportunities are available in the area for recital experiences throughout the year, giving you opportunity to finely tune your repertoire and performing abilities, as desired. Sykes Keyboard Studio itself offers two annual recitals.

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