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Cheryl Saunders

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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
MusicMakers
Occupation(s):
Academic Administrator
Choral Director

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Brown
Favorite Food:
Hot Dogs (Vegetarian)
Favorite Time of Year:
Holiday Season
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Europe
Favorite Quote:
To Thine Own Self Be True.

Birthplace

Born:
5/7/1955
Birth Location:
Hattiesburg, Mississippi

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
MusicMakers
Occupation(s):
Academic Administrator
Choral Director

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Brown
Favorite Food:
Hot Dogs (Vegetarian)
Favorite Time of Year:
Holiday Season
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Europe
Favorite Quote:
To Thine Own Self Be True.

Birthplace

Born:
5/7/1955
Birth Location:
Hattiesburg
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Biography

Cheryl Eileen Saunders was born on May 7, 1955 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi to Lula Roberts and Isaac London. The oldest of four children, Saunders (then Roberts) stayed close to her family for many years, attending college in her hometown. Saunders has brought a unique perspective to music education.

Upon graduating from Blair High School in 1972, Saunders continued her education at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. She earned a bachelor's degree in music education in 1977 and a master's degree in music from the same school in 1983. In 1989, Saunders left the United States for England, serving as a facilitator and arts consultant for the Creative Futures Music Consulting Group and a teacher of mathematics and music for the Reading Borough Council. Saunders organized and conducted the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Gospel Choir, coordinated a U.S. servicemen's seminar of Germany, and organized a music program at the multicultural Coley Primary School in Reading, England. There, she helped children compose music.

Returning to the United States, Saunders became a doctoral candidate in the field of educational leadership at the University of North Dakota-Grand Forks in 1996. Saunders began consulting the university in 1997 while presenting at international music workshops. She showed the differences and similarities between Western and African American music, especially focusing on the history of church music. In 1998, teaching for the first time in a college setting, Saunders lectured at the University of North Dakota and the Northwest Technical College in East Grand Forks, Minnesota on the issues of multiculturalism. She also became the interim center coordinator for the Era Bell Thompson Cultural Center, which provides support for students of all ethnicities. Saunders has been married to Lee R. Saunders since 1980. They have two children, Jasmine and Joshua.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Cheryl Saunders' interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Cheryl Saunders lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Cheryl Saunders describes her mother's background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Cheryl Saunders describes her maternal grandmother's background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Cheryl Saunders describes her household as a child
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Cheryl Saunders describes the sights, sounds, and smells of Hattiesburg, Mississippi
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Cheryl Saunders talks about how her community shaped her
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Cheryl Saunders talks about growing up in the South during the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Cheryl Saunders remembers her mother's friendship with Vernon Dahmer
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Cheryl Saunders recalls her elementary school education in Hattiesburg, Mississippi
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Cheryl Saunders describes attending several high schools in Hattiesburg, Mississippi
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Cheryl Saunders describes studying music at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Mississippi
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Cheryl Saunders talks about her interest in Negro spirituals
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Cheryl Saunders describes her life after graduating from the University of Southern Mississippi
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Cheryl Saunders talks about being a Seventh Day Adventist
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Cheryl Saunders talks about her depression following her parents' deaths
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Cheryl Saunders describes working with choirs in England
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Cheryl Saunders contrasts gospel music in England versus the U.S.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Cheryl Saunders talks about the racial composition of her choir in England
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Cheryl Saunders talks about Grand Forks, North Dakota
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Cheryl Saunders describes her decision to obtain a Ph.D.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Cheryl Saunders talks about the Flood of 1997 in Grand Forks, North Dakota,pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Cheryl Saunders talks about the Flood of 1997 in Grand Forks, North Dakota, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Cheryl Saunders talks about her career at the University of North Dakota
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Cheryl Saunders talks about her committee involvement at the University of North Dakota
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Cheryl Saunders talks about African Americans in North Dakota
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Cheryl Saunders describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Cheryl Saunders talks about her opposition to Native American mascots
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Cheryl Saunders narrates her photographs