Cheney, a native of Canada, has been teaching and performing for over 20 years. She is a Teacher Trainer for the Suzuki Association of the Americas, and has currently offered teacher training throughout the United States and Canada. She has a Master of Music in Cello Performance from the University of Texas at Austin.
While there she studied cello and pedagogy with Phyllis Young and was a teacher in the nationally acclaimed Texas String
She has taught at many institutes in the US and Canada including
the American Suzuki Institute, National Cello Institute, Chicago Suzuki Institute, Stanford University Advanced Suzuki Institute, Montreal Suzuki Institute, Brandon Summer Suzuki Institute, Edmonton Suzuki Institute, Intermountain Suzuki String Institute and the Southern Ontario Suzuki Institute. She has taught at many weekend and short-term workshops all over the US and
is interested in the balance of teaching and performing, and enjoys concertizing in many types of settings, especially for
young people. She enjoys designing programs that involve contrasting musical
styles and high energy.
She continues to teach and travel internationally. She was a
guest teacher at the 1999 World Suzuki Conference in Japan, guest teacher and artist in Brazil, (Winter Festival in Santa
Maria), and enjoyed performing and teaching in Costa Rica where she lived for one year. She lived in Germany for two years
while studying with Andre Navarra, and performed in chamber music and orchestral settings through out Europe.
Carey maintains a large cello studio with her cellist husband Elliott in Salt Lake City, and she continues to perform solo and chamber music recitals frequently. Currently in production are her books and CDs
for the eight volume series, Solos For Young Cellists published by Summy Birchard, a division of Warner Bros. Publications.