Cheryl Fraracci is a vocal instructor at West Music Urbandale. She holds a Bachelor of the Arts in both Psychology and Music and and a Master of Arts in Speech Communication, plus extensive graduate work in vocal performance.
Ms. Fraracci studied in Atlanta with Jeanne Brown McDonald, at Simpson College with Carol Stewart, and at The University of Iowa with Marcia Roberts. She has extensive choral experience, singing with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra under Robert Shaw, The Emory University Community Chorus under Ann Jones, The University of Cincinnati Conservatory Chorus, the Iowa State Singers, the University of Georgia Singers, and the University of Iowa Kantorei. She serves as alto soloist at Grace United Methodist Church in Des Moines and sings occasional solos with the Des Moines Choral Society of which she is a member. She maintains a small vocal studio.
In her lessons she focuses on voice production to make it as relaxed as possible. She teaches the Bel Canto method of singing. In addition, she stresses correct rhythm and pitch. She strives to help her students be able to sing correctly without accompaniment. In addition to teaching lessons at West Music Piano Gallery, Cheryl also works in sales and real estate investing. In Cheryl’s spare time, she enjoys reading, sewing, and walking.