Joseph Cherrington

Inducted — 2016

Joseph Cherrington

Joseph Cherrington Graduated from Brigham Young University in 1976 with a BM degree. He stayed at BYU for another year as a Graduate Assistant and also conducted the ROTC Choir. His first public school position was at Firth, Idaho where he taught all the music classes, grades 6 though 12. He stayed in Firth for two years and then moved to Murray, Utah to teach choral music at Murray High School and to continue his graduate studies at BYU. In 1980 he returned to Firth High School and completed is MA degree at BYU. Joseph moved to Sugar/Salem High School in Sugar City, Idaho in 1983 where he would remain until his retirement. He earned an MS degree in Education in 1991 and was an administrator in the Sugar/Salem School District from 1997-2000. In 2000 he returned to the choral classrom where he remained until his retirement.

Joseph's groups were very active in the Sugar City community. His annual community dinners were always well attended and his annual concerts were always sold-out. His choral groups toured Canada twelve different times and often performed at Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah during Christmas. His students have been involved in All-State, All-Northwest, and have consistently placed in the top three at the State Solo Competition.

Joseph has been a member of IMEA/NAfME since 1978. He has served as president of District VI on two different occasions and has been an Adjunct Voice Faculty member at Ricks College/BYU-Idaho since 1981. In 2010 he was awarded the KIDK TV Golden Apple Award. He and his wife, Debra, have been married for over 39 years. They have 9 children and 21 grandchildren. His main hobby is gardening and in 2015 he recieved the Master Gardner Award from the University of Idaho.