Mary Lou Williams Jazz Mass with the Swing Sisterhood Big Band

This coming Sunday afternoon, 2pm (Feb. 11, 2024) , you are invited to a free concert of the epic jazz mass “Music For Peace” by legendary jazz arranger and pianist Mary Lou Williams. The all-female Swing Sisterhood Big Band, with our own Worship Band leader Cheri Sykes on the grand piano, is collaborating with a … Continue reading “Mary Lou Williams Jazz Mass with the Swing Sisterhood Big Band”

Holiday carol sing

Leading the annual Christmas party carol sing with The Coffee Ladies!  Missed it during covid!

Holiday Wedding at the Landmark Center

A gorgeous evening wedding in St. Paul.

Semple Holiday Wedding

Always a pleasure to play at the historic Semple Mansion in South Minneapolis.

Solo Piano Benefit Performance

Cheri recently performed at a benefit concert at Prince of Peace Lutheran in Roseville, a benefit for the Saint Paul Lutheran Synod’s campaign, ” Planting Hope” Here’s the YouTube link:  which includes three pieces of Cheri’s: Five minutes in, find, The Gift (Philip Aaberg), a pretty new age style piece, the first time I’ve … Continue reading “Solo Piano Benefit Performance”

Irving Berlin’s “Holiday Inn” –a musical!

The past six weeks I’ve been rehearsing with the high-school musical, “Holiday Inn,” with music by Irving Berlin. Think tap-dancing with jump ropes, to ageless songs like Blue Skies, Cheek to Cheek, Steppin’ Out with My Baby, and White Christmas. The show is playing two weekends until May 1, 2022 in the auditorium of St. … Continue reading “Irving Berlin’s “Holiday Inn” –a musical!”

Dana’s rockin’ the Strat!

Dana, who’s been studying electric guitar for about a year now, demo’d her rock and roll skills this week for some preschoolers! She treated them to Wipeout, Wild Thing, and other classics, while educating them on the instrument. Proud of her! Dana is our online student from the Florida gulf coast, who has studied piano … Continue reading “Dana’s rockin’ the Strat!”

Wedding at Kellerman’s

  Wedding at Kellerman’s Event Center in White Bear Lake. What a lovely venue!

Way to Go, Matthew!

Here’s Matthew G and all his ribbons and certificates earned 2020-2021: exams in Theory and Keyboard Skills sponsored by the MN Music Teachers Association. What a Go-Getter!

We Teach Boogie Woogie Piano!

In June, Cheri presented at the Minnesota Music Teachers State Convention, “Teach Boogie Woogie Piano,” a curriculum developed at Sykes Piano Studio. The presentation concluded with this boogie woogie mashup from our 2020 Recital by young student Dana. At our studio, Boogie Woogie piano is a winner with students of all ages and levels!  

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