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DJ Cheek

Adjunct Professor, Viola

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Contact: (904) 620-2961 



DJ Cheek lives in Jacksonville, Florida, where holds the Principal Viola chair with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. Prior to his current appointment, DJ held tutti positions in the Alabama and Harrisburg Symphony Orchestras, and was Principal in the Hudson Valley Philharmonic. In recent seasons, he appeared as guest Principal with the Indianapolis Symphony and as a substitute with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and Minnesota Orchestra. A passionate and enthusiastic educator, DJ teaches viola and chamber music at the University of North Florida, mentored young violists at the National Music Festival and will join the faculty of Interlochen this summer. He has appeared at festivals like Music@Menlo, the Perlman Music Program, Lucerne, Sarasota, Olympic and was a frequent participant at Yellow Barn. While studying in Boston, DJ performed as a guest artist with the Borromeo Quartet, with Donald Weilerstein and Kim Kashkashian as part of the Music for Food series, with Boston Symphony Musicians on WGBH radio, and in the prestigious First Monday series at Jordan Hall. DJ holds a master’s degree from New England Conservatory and a bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College-Conservatory, where he received the Ernest Hatch Wilkins award for academic excellence. His primary mentors are Kim Kashkashian and Peter Slowik, and DJ has also worked closely with violinist Itzhak Perlman, violists Jessica Bodner and Julianne Lee, cellists Laurence Lesser and Merry Peckham, and pianists Robert Levin and Vivian Hornik Weilerstein.