No Small Thing
Sherri was born Sherrilynne Sue Chung, on April 2nd, 1979 in Queens, New York, to minister parents, Edmund and Carolynne Chung, and grew up in New England, Pennsylvania and Washington D.C. Her musical background began at the age of six when she started studying piano. A few years later Sherri picked up the trumpet and became a band nerd at school. Around the same time her studies in piano turned classical. Sherri's childhood was heavily based in music, playing the piano during church services and numerous summer music camps. In seventh grade she began accompanying her school's choirs, and later for musical productions in high school. By the time she'd graduated, her travels had taken her to Norway and Sweden where she performed on piano and sang with her church choir. Sherri began writing music at an early age, mostly songs for made-up musicals, performed loudly in front of her mirror. She was greatly moved by music for movies, Michael Kamen's score for Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, in particular. And it was due to the influence of this soundtrack that her musical focus became composing. Sherri attended Jacksonville University and received a Bachelor Degree in Music Composition and Theory in 2001. Her college career included piano, voice and guitar studies. She won composition and accompanying awards and gained experience in piano teaching. Presently, Sherri teaches piano full time at The Jacksonville Piano Academy and Schroeder's School of Music. While performing original music with piano and voice around the city of Jacksonville. Her passion is writing music and she has begun to pursue her greatest aspiration, scoring for television and film. Sherri's composition credits thus far include a rewritten score for the silent film version of The Phantom of the Opera, a number of shorts and a feature horror film. Directors Sherri has worked with include local talents Scott Abrams, Jeff Larson, and Sam Thompson. Awards include Best Original Score, awarded by The New York Midnight Movie-making Madness Competition, for a musical short, Insomnium Dementis (2006, Scott Abrams). Additional compositional projects include a number of art songs, instrumental pieces and more popular works, ranging from jazz to ragtime. Sherri has produced two albums of original music: Give Me The Keys (2005), and No Small Thing (2007). This latest album is the culmination of her singer/songwriter career. It incorporates piano, jazz, bigband, stride, ragtime, and orchestral. This album is very aurally and visually stimulating, almost cinematic, as her lyrics are detailed, her voice dynamic and her melodies catchy and unique. Additional performing credits include musical accompanist for the comedy shows at ImprovJacksonville, composing music on the spot for their improvised scenes, as well as a number of performances with local musicians. Currently... Sherri's current projects include a music library of production themes, All The Music (musical, Scott Abrams), and an impressive 30 minute orchestral portfolio.